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17 June 2015 @ 03:32 pm
Steaking a Claim  
Everyone knows that spam is email that you didn't ask for and don't want.

I just found out that the term "bacn", obviously derived from bacon, is the term for email that would normally be classified as spam, but that you subscribed to because it's (theoretically) of interest to you. You know, all those electronic newsletters and mailing lists and such that are specific to your interests and that sounded like a good idea at the time.

And despite the fact that this term has been in use since 2007 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_spam#Related_vocabulary), according to google no one else has made the immediate jump to "fakn".

"Fakn", obviously derived from fakon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetarian_bacon) is the term for stuff that would normally be classified as bacn, except that you didn't subscribe to it. Someone else who clearly doesn't know their own email address signed you up for it. (Arguably it could also cover email lists that someone else maliciously signed you up for.) It is email that clearly some people _might_ want to receive, just not you.

Since no one else that i can find has claimed credit for inventing such an obvious and punny term, i'm going to steak a claim to it myself :)
Current Mood: sillysilly
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on June 18th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
It's nice that the internet now has a term for this. Amber gets it all the time, and myself occasionally. There is some person named Amber who must have been in college recently and then got her own apartment. Calls to the college to get her off the philosophy club list have gone unresolved, and while most notices for her apartment complex must now presumably go to the correct place, my daughter still receives the major announcements, so their database must have more than one entry and the front desk people only know how to change one of them.