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H.A.M

adverb acronym, slang
H.A.M-an acronym for hard as a motherf**ker. To do something intensely and passionately. To put more than a 100% effort into something. Can also mean to do something very well.
 
The acronym H.A.M was probably coined as a means to shorthand a phrase that is rather vulgar and explicit, into something that is more tame, catchy, and even a bit humorous. Shortening the expression hard as a mother****er to the less vulgar acronym H.A.M allowed rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West(the artists who popularized the term) to coin a word that could have broad appeal amongst suburban as well as inner city listeners. The term is mainly used by athletes and people who are affiliated with hip-hop culture. I first heard the word in a song by Jay-Z and Kanye West aptly titled H.A.M. In the song, they boast about putting in a lot of work in the music industry, and how they’re about to go H.A.M, outdo other artists, and secure their spot as the greatest rappers of all time. Ever since this song came out I’ve heard the use of this word by my peers as well as analysts on ESPN to describe particular athlete’s performances.
Etymology : Hard As a Motherf**ker-->H.A.M-->acronym
Source : “Sheldon went H.A.M during the basketball game on Friday. He scored 35 points, had 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.”-my cousin describing how one of my old teammates performed in a basketball game-10/25/11
Last modified: 1 December 2011


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