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- SPAM® Upside Down Pie
Another recipe that was first published in LIFE magazine in 1945.
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, who was given a $100 prize for creating the name. At one time and persisting to this day in certain books, the theory behind the nomenclature of Spam was that the name was a portmanteau of “Spiced Meat and Ham”.
According to the British documentary-reality show “1940s House”, when Spam was offered by the United States to those affected by World War II in the UK, Spam stood for Specially Processed American Meats. Yesterday’s Britain, a popular history published by Reader’s Digest in 1998, unpacks Spam as “Supply Pressed American Meat” and describes it as an imported “wartime food” of the 1940s.Many jocular backronyms have been devised, such as “Something Posing As Meat”, “Specially Processed Artificial Meat”, “Stuff, Pork and Ham”, “Spare Parts Animal Meat” and “Special Product of Austin Minnesota”.
And yet more SPAM, SPAM, SPAM SPAM and SPAM………..
Before the internet became commercialised and unsolicited commercial e-mail was sent the name spam was given to sending the same mail several times for no good reason. This was because of the Monty Python ‘spam,spam,spam’ sketch.