“Monty Python has been great for us,” Nicole Behne, Spam brand senior product manager, told the Austin Daily Herald. One famed sketch saw Spam mentioned hundreds of times, as diners in a cafeteria heard their breakfast options, all of which contained the salty delicacy. “Spam, bacon, sausage and Spam,” followed by “Spam, Spam, Spam, Egg and Spam” and “Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans and spam.” Eventually a group of Vikings takes over the skit with an endless singing chant of “Spam! Spam! Spam!”
The word was adopted as a moniker for junk email in homage to the way the skit’s dialogue gets completely hijacked by the word “spam” — just as junk email has the power to drown out so much of an online conversation. The unsolicited messages fill up our inboxes and flood the Internet with unwanted traffic like an overpowering horde of pork-product obsessed Vikings.
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