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Is “Honey Hole” Offensive?

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A law enforcement professional describes a dispute that arose over the term honey hole. He and some of his colleagues understand it to mean a place where many tickets would be written for driving infractions, but two others took offense at what they perceived as a sexual connotation. Turns out that the term honey hole has had a variety of meanings, including a hole in a tree where honey is found, a good fishing or hunting spot, a place on a baseball field where a hit ball is likely to land, a strong source of income or profit, a hole made in a log to attract raccoons, and a spot where in-ground compost is made. Honey hole is also used ironically — in a negative way — to mean a latrine or an area where one is likely to catch a serious illness like malaria. This is part of a complete episode.

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