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SPAM vs spam

SPAM vs spam

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I notice quite often that when people refer to spam (either inside our company or on the outside), they often say "SPAM."  This has often confused me because as far as I know, SPAM is not an acronym and doesn't stand for anything, it's only slang for Unsolicited Commercial Email.

Perhaps it is time to create an official acronym: Super Peculiar Annoying Mail.

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  • I thought the term spam, referring to annoying junk was from the Monty Python skit?

    http://www.detritus.org/spam/skit.html

    I like your acronym as well, because most of the time it is peculiar, its very annoying, and to amplify that feeling, put super in the front of it all!

  • I thought the acronym was Stupid Person's Advertising Method.

  • Salted Pork And haM -> trademark(1) -> skit(2) -> e-mail(3,4)

    Footnotes:

    (1) Trademarks prohibit use by others in industries where they might lead to confusion in the marketplace.

    (2) Anyone who confuses a skit (performed by live meat) with something that has sometimes been said to be edible (containing possibly formerly live meat) by eaters (live meat), um, where was I.  Oh yeah, anyone who gets confused by this, eat me.

    (3) Anyone who confuses unwanted recipient-pays-charges advertisements(4) with something that has sometimes been said to be edible, um, maybe you have a point, who wants it.

    (4) Rumour has it that there used to be exceptions, i.e. other kinds of e-mail, sometimes desired by the recipients and somtimes containing true statements of information.  If you really want to confuse someone, try sending them some.

    P.S. Sometimes there's another reason for capitalizations, besides trying to cause trademark confusion.  MY GREAT UNCLE COMMITTED A CAPITAL OFFENCE IN NIGERIA, AND I DEPEND ON THE HONESTY OF EVERY TRUSTWORTHY GREEDY WANTS-A-PIECE-AND-THINKS-THEY'LL-GET-IT PERSON WITH AN E-MAIL ADDRESS, TO SEND ME MONEY FOR A PROSTHETIC FINGER TO PRESS THE CAPS LOCK KEY.

  • yes the spam blast does continue 1 day i got 50 spam emails and now i am geting 60 a day

  • SPAM (all caps) refers to the meat-ish product of hormel.

    "spam" refers to bulk e-mail.

    http://www.spam.com/whatisspam/

    There's been some talk by Hormel over the years about people using "SPAM" instead of "spam" when talking about bulk e-mail.  But according to the Register, they lost at least one case (possibly more?):

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/10/04/hormel_loses_spam_trademark_appeal/

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