May. 26th, 2017

hamfatter

May. 26th, 2017 07:28 am
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hamfatter (HAM-fah-tuhr) - n., (U.S. slang) a low-grade actor or performer; a ham.


Dates from the 1880s, from a negro minstrel show song "The Ham-fat Man," which itself is from the 1850s. So the quality of performer as someone who uses blackface -- compare hambone, an unconvincing blackface dialect.

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