WHY is “SPAM” called that?

Originally, Spam was an inexpensive canned food from Hornel Foods, which came on the market in 1937. The name quickly caught on due to its simplicity and grandiose advertising campaign.

The American firm was so persistent in its advertising that many citizens complained to newspaper and magazine editors that their publications were impossible to read because of the ubiquitous SPAM stew ads. The quality of the product left much to be desired, but it was cheap, which made it popular as a raw material for cooking various dishes in small cafes and bars.

In fact, there was nowhere to run from SPAM dishes. This commercial success had a downside – spam began to be called anything that was imposed, advertised, and anything that was not of decent quality.

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