I’m sure it does in the hearts of many of you, too, so, in honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s revisit some of the strange words and phrases that made up our formative years. Similar surnames: Ramm, Camm, Lamm, Hammer, Ham, Hamel, Hall, Hamme, Kamm, Baum Jam Origin’s revolutionary software alternative is none of these things. Therefore, this word is easily defined as " going hard as a motherf**ker". Current form: Unchanged, if used somewhat more ironically in the contemporary lexicon. Why a "ham"? However, there is no evidence of such a magazine existing by this, or any similar, name with those initials. by crawford, jerrel February 05, 2008 What does ó am go ham mean in Irish? We do know that the term "ham" first appeared in the mid-19th century meaning "clumsy and stupid fellow," Current form: Unchanged, although the “W” hand signal often no longer accompanies the word, unless done ironically. It was real popular in the south and in rap before that song. Current form: “HAHAHA no,” as demonstrated here by John Watson: Usage: “Bogus. The stress commonly falls on the second two syllables. 2. referring to West Ham United Football Club. In Reply to: Ham posted by Mandy on July 14, 2007. : Where does the expression "he's a ham" come from? But, if that is the going ham origin point, it’s probably the first or only time in history that a bunch of “cool” rappers stole a phrase from nerdy ham radio operators. Current form: Various, including the simpler, “Oh, relax.”. From “Welcome to the Hellmouth/The Harvest”: “This place give me the wiggins.” – Buffy. Incidentally, the designation of amateur radio operators as "hams" alsoapparently reflects the old "clumsy" sense of the slang term"ham." This technological wonder is called MIDI Guitar, produced by Jam Origin. You go, girl/guy! San Diego's #1 Community Internet Station playing local and major artists, providing media coverage and a voice for the urban culture. "Whatever!". The entries are all divided up into five sections: The words or phrases themselves and their parts of speech, their definitions, examples of their usage, their origins, and their current forms in today’s cultural lexicon (if, that is, they have managed to both survive and evolve). There is no record of when Ham was born other than the fact that he was born sometime after Shem (Genesis 9:24). Take actions into your own hands by using our educational kit to teach elementary school students. The name Ham is of Hebrew origin. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly where "ham," meaning an inept, usually grossly melodramatic, actor comes from. At the first annual Smithfield, North Carolina, Ham & Yam Festival, local cure masters go ham-to-ham with tradition-alists from Smithfield, Virginia. Current form: Since the theatrical release of Mean Girls in 2004, “You go, Glen Coco!” has largely supplanted “You go, girl/guy!”. 2. Ham is generally used as a boy's name. But especially given the non-theatrical uses of "hamfatter"around the turn of the century, this theory strikes me as overly elaborateand unlikely. network television adaptation of inner city jargon. This claim has been unsubstantiated, however, and should be taken with a proverbial grain of salt. Something about him gives me the wiggins.”. Here, let me give you a sip of my water… PSYCH!”. It entered widespread usage after the release of the Wayne’s World feature film in 1992. Curiously, “booyah” is also a stew or thick soup of Belgian origin popular throughout the Upper Midwestern United States. A possible origin for the expression lies in amateur radio operators, who are referred to as hams. The Anglo-Saxon name Ham comes from when the family resided in the county of Sussex in an area that was known by the low-lying land near a stream. --Steve Tabor, via the internet. There we found the name was derived from the Castle of Ham, Normandy. We do know that the term "ham"first appeared in the mid-19th century meaning "clumsy and stupid fellow,"and acquired its theatrical meaning later, around 1881.The "clumsy" sense of "ham" may well be a shortening of "ham-handed" or"ham-fisted," both describing persons (especially boxers) so clumsy thattheir hands are as useless as hams. Go HAM. I found this fro The Word Detective:The Word DetectiveBy Evan MorrisCopyright 2000 by Evan MorrisFor Release: Friday, May 12, 2000. Virginia producers blame home field advantage but decline to return to … Current form: Various, including “not cool,” “bad move,” etc. Some, however, trace the phrase as far back as Renaissance England; in this instance, the Nurse’s encouragement of Juliet to “Go, girl, seek happy nights to happy days” in Act I, scene iii of Romeo and Juliet is considered to be the earliest usage of the phrase.