Ham is an old English word, originally spelt Hamm, which meant a town. Nowadays it is often used at the end of a place name such as Birmingham and Nottingham, but very occasionally it has survived in its own.
Even less often it is delightfully combined with another town on a road sign offering a delicious reception awaits the traveller. Such a delightful coincidence occurs on the way to Sandwich in Kent where you have to pass through the ‘hamlet’ (small town) of er… Ham. Guaranteeing that when you arrive in ham you’ll be really looking forward to a tasty local speciality, sadly you’ll be disappointed there aren’t any sandwich shops in Ham. In fact there isn’t really anything of interest in Ham, except the road that leads to Sandwich.
Happily, Sandwich is different, for Sandwich has a Sandwich Shop, called not really very originally oh you’ve guessed it, but I’m going to continue anyway, The Sandwich Shop.
But there they try and flog you sandwiches which are a little more springy than a rotten old boring Ham Sandwich which of course is all you really want!
Isn’t life more interesting when it is just a little bit silly?
About the Author
The Cat is one of the most successful feline authors in the history of Catkind. His sharp elegant wit has produced the bestselling book ‘Getting Out – Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary’ and of course the much plagiarised gag of the same name which appears on all of the funniest joke sites on the internet.
Copies of the Cat’s masterpiece of feline literature ‘Getting Out – Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary’ and his latest wonderful book ‘The Cat’s Travelogue’ can be purchased at a bookstore near you or from the internet at Amazon.com and here for the Travelogue The Cat’s Travelogue Paperback Edition or at what The Cat calls his www – wickedly wonderful website here www.thecatsdiary.com where you can not only learn more about me the genius.