What Does SPAM Mean?

SPAM means "Unsolicited Messages" or "Game Play or Activities that are Detrimental to the Game."

The slang word SPAM is widely used to refer to unsolicited messages (e.g., instant messages and emails, messages in blogs, forums and user groups, and comments or "likes" on social media posts, etc.). Such SPAM is usually sent for commercial purposes or to facilitate fraud, such as PHISHING.

In gaming, SPAM refers not only to the sending of the same (or very similar messages) repeatedly, but also to an unskilled form of play in which the player keeps their finger on the trigger and achieves kills by the spraying bullets rather than through skill. Such activities are considered detrimental to the game.

The term SPAM comes from a brand of canned meat which gained popularity worldwide after World War II. In 1970, Monty Python (a UK comedy group) did a sketch about a restaurant that has SPAM in almost every dish. It is thought that this sketch inspired the use of the word SPAM to apply to unsolicited messages. As with SPAM in the sketch, such messages are ubiquitous, unavoidable, and repetitive.

Monty Python SPAM

Summary of Key Points

First Definition of SPAM

"Unsolicited Messages" is the most common definition for SPAM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Definition:Unsolicited Messages
Type:Word (Verb)
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition of SPAM

"Game Play or Activities that are Detrimental to the Game" is a common definition for SPAM in gaming circles.
Definition:Game Play or Activities that are Detrimental to the Game
Type:Word (Verb)
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for SPAM

When I write SPAM, I mean this:

meaning of SPAM
On social media, SPAM means to like multiple pictures or comments.


Examples of SPAM in Sentences

Here are examples of SPAM being used in conversations:
  • Toni: You've got over 100 unread emails!
  • Jordan: Yeah, I've stopped reading my email. They're 99% SPAM.
  • (Here, SPAM means "Unsolicited Messages.")
  • Sam: Will you stop just blasting away at nothing?! That's SPAM and it's really annoying.
  • Jo: You're just a sore loser.
  • (Here, SPAM means "Game Play or Activities that are Detrimental to the Game.")

An Academic Look at SPAM

SPAM is a portmanteau word (i.e., a word made up of two other words). It is formed from the words spiced and ham.

SPAM is used as slang word. Slang refers to words, phrases and uses of language that are regarded as very informal and which are often restricted to a special context or a particular group of users.

Example of SPAM Used in a Text


See Also

Selves-isolating (Locking down with a partner) LMR (like my recent) TBH (to be honest or honest opinion) DIG (to like) DYL (do you like?) IDL (I don't like) ILQ (I like you) ILT (I like that) SPAMMER (gamer who acts to the detriment of other players, someone who sends unsolicited messages) YQ (I like you)