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Meaning of SPAM


What Does SPAM Mean?

SPAM means "To Give Multiple Likes" (on social media, particularly Instagram) or "Unwanted Unsolicited Email".

Originally, the word SPAM referred to the hordes of unwanted, unsolicited emails we all receive. However, more recently, it has adopted a new meaning. To SPAM someone now means to like (i.e., to "vote for" or endorse) a large number of their comments and pictures (particularly on Instagram). This is used as a way of notching up "votes" for comments and photos to generate credibility among online friends.

Of interest, even in this new meaning, the word SPAM has kept the negative connotation of meaningless junk because the person delivering the SPAM (i.e., the endorsements) is endorsing regardless of the comment's or picture's quality.
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Definition for SPAM

SPAM means "To Give Multiple Likes". This is the most common definition for SPAM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about SPAM:

SPAM
Definition:To Give Multiple Likes
(e.g., to like every picture on someone's Instagram profile)
Type:Word (Verb)
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write SPAM, I mean this:

meaning of SPAM
On Instagram, to SPAM means to like multiple pictures or comments.
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Second Definition for SPAM

This meaning was for SPAM was also noted:

SPAM
Definition:Unwanted Emails
Type:Word (Noun)
Guessability:
1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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Examples of SPAM in Sentences

Here are examples of SPAM being used in conversations:
  • Person A: You've got over 100 unread emails!
  • Person B: Yeah, I've stopped reading my email. They're 99% SPAM.
  • (Here, SPAM means unwanted emails.)
  • Person A: If you SPAM me, I'll SPAM you.
  • Person B: Okay, let's do it.
  • (Here, SPAM means to like multiple pictures or comments.)

An Academic Look at SPAM

When SPAM means unwanted emails, it is a noun. When it means to like multiple pictures or comments, it is a verb.

Of interest, the word SPAM is a portmanteau word (i.e., a word made up of two other words) from spiced ham. In the same way that SPAM (reconstituted meat) is considered fake meat, so SPAM emails or likes are considered fake emails or likes.

A Text with SPAM

Using SPAM on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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