June 17th, 2015


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 :)
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