Why is a "hamster" called a hamster?

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  1. MickyFinn

    MickyFinn I❤HFT

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    Someone at work asked me today why are they called hamsters & I couldn't honestly tell him why so why are they!?

    Atb Mick F
     
  2. Conor

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    A quick search in the web and Wikipedia reveals,

    "The name "hamster" is a loanword from the German, which itself derives from earlier Old High German hamustro. It is possibly related to Old Russian choměstrǔ, which is either a blend of the root of Russian khomiak "hamster" and a Baltic word (cf. Lithuanian staras "hamster") or of Persian origin (cf. Av hamaēstar "oppressor")."

    More info http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamster
     
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    Don't think that's quite the answer the op was looking for;) now I could be wrong but i think it's called a "hamster" because it sounded better than calling it a "Gerbil" :D:D and "Mouse" would have confused things even more:rolleyes:

    Ok! I will get my coat:eek:
     
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    Must be a slow night, in the chauffeur business:)
     
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    It's way past your bed time David, didn't realise they let you stay up this late at your age:D;) or are you under the bed covers again with the tourch:)

    Yep a little slow, just waiting for the ****** students to leave a club kicking out time now.

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    tourch :eek: going to blame that on the predictive Text & it was nearly 3am & i was tired & the light was bad in the Cab. more excuses will be coming along latter :D
     
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  6. chrisc

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    Mike, it's not a torch but it does have batteries;)
     
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    poth Whafta old Gits world champion

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    Stuart james called his a banister
     
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    One of the pranksters at our club told a new lady member it was called a ******, not a hamster. I can leave the ensuing enquiries to your imagination. :eek:

    Edit: that was meant to be an animal that builds dams.
     
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  9. Yorkshiretea

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    I thought it was from the forces slang for a mounted gun, it's a way of mounting, so Hamster.
     
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    I thougt it is called hamster because in the old days it was filled with corn or other seeds, like the cheek pouches of a hamster.

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    peadar_911 Too old to die young.

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    Many a true word spoken in jest.
     
  12. MickyFinn

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    I thought this thread might appeal to the "jokers" on the forum :D:p;):rolleyes:
    Yorkshire Tea seams most believable/plausible so far?

    Ps I've seen Stuart James "hamster" & it's that long it COULD be considered a banister!:cool:
     
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    ugh:! :eek: :eek: think we will have to change your name to BUZZ or VibroDave :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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    I'll ask my mate, I went clay shooting with him and I remember him saying on picking up a gun that "it would hamster well".
     
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    I first heard the term in about 1985/86 when Airmaster brought out an add on for the HW77 stock to deepen it & it was called a HAMSTER, people had been adding bits for a while before that using blocks of wood & car filler so not sure if Airmaster coined the term or not.
     
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    He says the ration packs they get issued are called Hamster and they use them to rest the gun on as that's all they are good for :) but as they are fine powder they can be moulded. Says it's a really old term from the USA but is now used for mounted or mounting a gun.
     
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    throw some maths in wi your answer martin, maybe a chart of some description to explain your terminology, c'mon m8 you know you want to:)
     
  18. daiboy

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    Hamster


    answer,

    Why are Hamsters called "Hamsters"? ... Well it's like this, Hamsters are called Hamsters for the same reason we call Cows Cows, Dogs Dogs,and Cats Cats.
     
  19. Yorkshiretea

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    I tried Coop but just to keep you happy, here's one I made earlier.

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  20. Lofty

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    I was once told that they are called 'Hamsters' as it was an adaptation of the 'Handstop' attachments that are used on rifles in another discipline (Can't remember which one though).
    These hand stops fitted to the accessory rail in the fore end of the stock.

    Lofty
     

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