#14 Why is it called "SPAM"?!

Was not ready to know spam came from here?! Such a CRAZY story behind this word..

#14 Why is it called "SPAM"?!
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🤯 WOAHHH! fact

SPAM is actually a meat brand. 

Yup, you read it right.

But how did a food brand come to mean “useless mailon”???

The origin of the brand name “SPAM” is a secret by its parent company - Hormel Foods. 

It's only known to a small circle of former employees.

Popular belief says it’s a contraction of the words “SPiced hAM”

This seems believable, considering their initial package looks like this:

It has also been speculated as an acronym for "Shoulder of Pork And Ham."

But their current website says this:

Anyway, let Hormel keep its secret. 

But SPAM meat became SPAM mail because of this famous skit. 

This skit was made in the 1970s by Monty Python's Flying Circus - a very popular British comedy series which aired on the BBC.

In this skit, the waitress in a restaurant kept saying SPAM while reading the menu. 

Yes, SPAM, as in the brand we just read about. 

That is when a group of people at the corner table started to sing a song repeating “SPAM”. 

They kept singing it till nobody in the restaurant could hear each other. 

This is how SPAM came to be known as an annoying message that keeps repeating itself and interrupts you.

Spam, referring to messages rather than the food product, was first added to the Oxford Dictionary of English in 1998.  

Meanwhile, Hormel has the trademark to use the capitalised version of the word.

In some parts of the world (China, Hawaii etc.) you will actually find McDonald's selling SPAM burgers!


Have you ever come across this SPAM meat?

Or did you ever find it on McD's menu?

We are vegetarians, so we really need to hear some SPAM stories.


The opposite of Spam mail is Ham mail.

But there is an internet slang term that refers to any email that is not necessarily spam but is still not as important as Ham emails.

Eg. - Brand notifications, newsletters (ahh, nooo!) etc.

It starts with "b___" and is named so because it is just better than spam.

Can you guess what the term?

🤗 This week at APH (Arey Pata Hai?!)

We amped up our production set-up!!!

It required some monetary and time investment. Still needs more...

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💌 A comment that made our week

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✅ QUIZ answer

Bacn (pronounced like Bacon) it is!

It is called bacn because they are not quite real messages (ham) but are not quite junk either (spam).

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