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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • New York City. The nickname was popularized by Washington Irving and others in Salmagundi, a series of satirical sketches (1807-1808).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. this sense?) Name given to London by Richard Braithwaite in ‘Barnabee's Journal’ 1636: "I came to Gotham, where I saw many who were fools, if not all." Lat., Veni Gotham, ubi multos, Si non omnes, vidi stultos. 'Barnabae Itinerarium (1636)'.
  • proper n. A village in Nottinghamshire, England.
  • proper n. Fictional city in Batman where the story mainly takes place.

Etymologies

When originally used in England, the meaning of the place name Gotham was literally "homestead where goats are kept", from Old English gat 'goat' and ham 'home'. (Wiktionary)

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