Acronym-etymologies > SPAM name origin > spam-ku

Richard Gage rgage at INTRAH.ORG
Mon Apr 1 22:12:57 UTC 2002

On Monday, 1 Apr 2002 at 14:56, James A. Landau wrote:

In a message dated Mon, 1 Apr 2002 2:33:18 PM Eastern Standard Time,
sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM> writes:

 > Is spam SPAM? In other words, is it merely a reference to its >
disagreeableness, or is it an acronym (Something-or-other Advertising >
Message)? > A. Murie

I believe the canned meat is SPiced hAM.


[From the "Official Spam" website ]:
< >

Q: Who came up with the name SPAM?
A: Jay C. Hormel wanted a name as distinctive as the taste, so he held a
contest. Kenneth Daigneau, an actor and brother of a Hormel vice
president, pocketed the $100 prize.

[From a "SPAM FAQs" webpage]:
< >

7.  The biggie, contender for Ultimate Question: What does SPAM stand for

One of the world's most asked and most incorrectly answered questions.
The truth is, SPAM doesn't really stand for anything. When SPAM first
came out, it was marketed as Hormel Spiced Ham (see The SPAM Story
<> ),
and it soon had many competitors. In order to get the lion's share of
the market, Hormel decided their Spiced Ham needed a catchier name. A
prize of $100 was offered for a new, memorable name. The prize was won
by Kenneth Daigneau, brother of a Hormel executive, when at a New Year's
Eve party he suggested the name "SPAM". The rest is history. If the
truth isn't what you hoped for, why not check out some of the theories
<> people have
come up with over the years?

< >
for various "spam-ku" which offer fanciful alternative theories about
origin of SPAM name]:
< >
[And lastly --  for the contemplative -- a spam-ku zen koan]:
SPAM-Ku # 4558

Perfection uncanned
Like a beautiful redhead
Fresh from her trailer

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