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Todays Food Question - Canned Foods
6 Oct 2007
What is the canned food named SPAM short for ?
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10/06/2007 - 09:05
Introduced on July 5, 1937, the name "SPAM" was chosen in the 1930s when the product, whose original name was far less memorable (Hormel Spiced Ham), began to lose market share. The name was chosen from multiple entries in a naming contest. A Hormel official once stated that the original meaning of the name SPAM was "Shoulder of Pork and hAM". According to writer Marguerite Patten in SPAM – The Cookbook, the name was suggested by Kenneth Daigneau, an actor and the brother of a Hormel vice president. At one time, the official explanation may have been that the name was a syllabic abbreviation of "SPiced hAM", but on their official website, Hormel denies this and states that "SPAM is just that. SPAM." The fact that the originator was given a $100 prize for coming up with the name, however, still appears on the site's SPAM FAQs. Many jocular backronyms have been devised, such as "Something Posing As Meat" and "Spare Parts Animal Meat." "Special Purpose Army Meat" has been suggested as another apocryphal backronym referring to the product's WWII roots. According to Hormel's trademark guidelines, SPAM should be spelled with all capital letters and treated as an adjective, as in the phrase "SPAM luncheon meat". As with many other trademarks, such as Xerox or Kleenex, people often refer to similar meat products as "SPAM". Regardless, in practice, "SPAM" is generally spelled and used as a proper noun.
10/06/2007 - 11:42
Wow Tortilla Guy, aren't you glad you asked! It is my understanding that during and just after World War II, Spam was pretty much a staple food in England.
10/06/2007 - 23:12
Spam stands for Shoulder Pork and hAM. The Tortilla Guy
10/06/2007 - 23:29
this is really funny Bon Appetite!
10/07/2007 - 00:28
When refugees come in to the US they are given many cans of spam. YUK