Okay, here’s something entirely unrelated to voting. On June 15, 2011, I sent an email to some friends telling them that I was puzzled by the debates surrounding the origin of the word “spam”, as relates to junk email… because someone told me, a long time ago, what it means.
In the early 80’s, I was selling software to a medium-size company in northern NJ and was taken on a tour of the place. When I saw scores of employees stuffing envelopes with glossy advertising material I asked my guide what they were doing and she replied, “They’re sending out SPAM.” I asked what that was and she said, “It’s an acronym for Sales Promotion and Marketing.”
So… after reading one too many theories about the origin of the word “spam”, I decided to make an entry in Wikipedia. I wrote: “In the early 1980’s, companies that bulked-mailed unsolicited advertising material routinely referred to it as ‘SPAM’ – their acronym for ‘Sales Promotion and Marketing‘”.