Hammam is the Weekly Word: Mammy’s Ham or Turkish Bath?

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The word this week is Hammam, I chose it because it popped into my head on Saturday morning for some reason and I immediately had an image of my Irish grandmother slicing ham in her kitchen in Belfast. This is just a game I play with myself to come up with alternative meanings for words based on a meaning or interpretation of the syllables that make them up. The alternative meaning can be in any form or order and I’d love to know your alternative take on Hammam too.

Before we carry on though let’s have a look at what the word Hammam really means and where it comes from.

This week’s word is HAMMAM, it is a NOUN and is pronounced ‘ham-am’

The word hammam means a bathing establishment with segregated areas for men and women, most commonly used these days to refer to a ‘Turkish Bath’. By the way, if you have never visited one, I’d suggest you do because they are sublime places to relax and recuperate.

Examples of the word hammam

  • In the hammam, secluded by the steam arising from the floor, I was able to eavesdrop on conversations without being detected.
  • A visit to the hammam is the best way to round off a day of dodging the vendors that throng Djemaa el Fna

Origins of the word hammam

It originates from Persian hammām, from Arabic ḥammām and its first known use is in 1625.

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Word’s you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word

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