A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
proprietary name registered by Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in U.S., 1937; probably a conflation of spiced ham. Soon extended to other kinds of canned meat. In the sense of "Internet junk mail" it was coined by Usenet users after March 31, 1993, when Usenet administrator Richard Depew inadvertently posted the same message 200 times to a discussion group. The term had been used in online text games, and it was from the comedy routine in British TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (beloved by many intellectual geeks) where a restaurant's menu items all devolve into spam.
: George is a rookie, but he's got presence of mind, knowing that when they're in a ''spaghetti'' situation, when the receivers are in close, they're going to run crossing routes, like they scored on last week (1990s+ Football)noun
[the taboo sense is semantically similar to Yiddish luksh, ''an Italian,'' fr lukshen, ''noodle'']