Gotham



[goth-uh m, goh-thuh m for 1; got-uh m, goh-thuh m for 2] /ˈgɒθ əm, ˈgoʊ θəm for 1; ˈgɒt əm, ˈgoʊ θəm for 2/

noun
1.
a journalistic nickname for New York City.
2.
an English village, proverbial for the foolishness of its inhabitants.

“New York City,” first used by Washington Irving, 1807, based on “Merrie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham” (1460), a collection of legendary stories of English villagers alternately wise and foolish. There is a village of this name in Nottinghamshire, originally Gatham (1086), in Old English, “Enclosure (literally ‘homestead’) where goats are kept.” It is unknown if this was the place intended.

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