Thursday, April 30, 2009

THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY

QUESTION: Where did the phrase "He's such a Ham" come from?

Come on, take a guess. And come back around 3:00 to see if you were right.

5 comments:

Martha Flynn said...

Um....hams are always trying to be the center of attention and the ham is often the centerpiece of dinner?????? I'm going to feel stupid when you tell me the answer, aren't I?

Bish Denham said...

I love learning about the origins of words and phrases. My guess is that it may originally had to do with being clumsy, as in ham-fisted, ie, having hands as big as hams. I heard the term ham-fisted as a kid. I doubt it's used much anymore. But I can how being ham-fisted or being clumsy, could have led to being clownish. How old the term is I have no idea.

Kim Kasch said...

Thanks for being such good sports. I love to see the guesses. Don't know if you've ever played Balderdash but this is kind of the same thing, where you make up something and people have to guess whether it's right or a made up description.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm guessing vaudeville.

Kelly said...

I love Balderdash!
I don't know, but I do wonder...