Tonight’s topic among others: The BBC is carrying information about a microchip contraceptive http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28193720 and induction into the American dream and;
conception (n.) early 14c., “act of conceiving,” from Old French concepcion (Modern French conception) “conception, grasp, comprehension,” from Latin conceptionem (nominative conceptio) “a comprehending, conception,” noun of action from stem of concipere (see conceive). Originally in the womb sense (also with reference to Conception Day in the Church calendar); mental sense “process of forming concepts” is late 14c. Meaning “that which is conceived in the mind” is from 1520s; “general notion” is from 1785.
CHIP, CHEAP, CHIPPING, in the names of places, imply a market; from Sax. Ceapan, cypan, to buy or sell. [See Cheap.]
1. A piece of wood or other substance, separated from a body by cutting instrument, particularly by an ax. It is used also for a piece of stone separated by a chisel or other instrument, in hewing.
2. A fragment or piece broken off; a small piece.
Opening shot from Carry On Matron 1972. For those not versed in “proper English” it’s pronounced, (adj.) “Finish ’em (them)” as in “kill them off”. As the plot revolves around the stealing of contraceptive pills, it’s quite a fitting appellation.
It also reads “Finis ham”
1. The Latin word for ‘end’, formerly, and still occasionally, placed at the end of a book. Almost universally used in the earlier half of 19th century; in recent books ‘End’ or ‘The End’ is substituted.
ham, (n .v.)
1. (v.) To act in a ‘hammy’ manner, to over-act. slang (orig. U.S.).
2. (n.) The Old English hám home n.1 and adj., which, in compounds, has been shortened to ham, as in Hampstead, Hampton (:—Hámtún), Oakham, Lewisham, etc., and, in this form, is sometimes used by historical writers in the sense ‘town, village, or manor’ of the Old English period.
3 (n.) A plot of pasture ground; in some places esp. meadow-land; in others spec. an enclosed plot, a close. Found in Old English, and still in local use in the south; in some places surviving only as the name of a particular piece of ground.
convenience (n.) late 14c., “agreement, conformity,” from Latin convenientia “meeting together, agreement, harmony,” from conveniens, present participle of convenire (see convene). Meaning “suitable, adapted to existing conditions” is from c. 1600; that of “personally not difficult” is from 1703.