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4 definitions by Applied Research

 
1.
1. n. Bulk mail from a stranger
v. sending unsolicited commercial email to people you don't know

2. n. a canned precooked "meat product" from Hormel Foods. "Classic Spam" consists of "pork shoulder meat with ham meat added," salt, water, sugar and sodium nitrite. The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore.

Use of the term "spam" for unwanted email was adopted as a result of the Monty Python skit in which a group of Vikings sang a chorus of "spam, spam, spam . . . " in an increasing crescendo, drowning out other conversation. Hence, the analogy applied because such bulk mail can drown out normal discourse on the Internet.
"We hate spam, and we'll never spam you." (bottom of Urban Dictionary page)
by Applied Research February 14, 2009
 
2.
Cheap, one-size-fits-all explanations about life. They consist of clichés, empty truisms and tautologies, and (often contradictory) platitudes.

Dime–stores were common in the early part of the 20th c. Every main street had such a store where you could buy tawdry, second-rate stuff for cheap prices. (Now they're Dollar stores, though these are not as common or a central fixture in every town.)
I run from the coffeehouse whenever that windbag shows up with his dime–store philosophy.

I'll take Crumb's cartoons over the banal musings of a dime-store philosopher any day.
by Applied Research February 11, 2009
 
3.
Backyard, urban gardens planted to squeeze every penny out of a food budget.


"People's home grocery budget got absolutely shredded and now we've seen just this dramatic increase in the demand for our vegetable seeds. We're selling out," said George Ball, CEO of Burpee Seeds, the largest mail-order seed company in the U.S. "I've never seen anything like it."

Gardening advocates have dubbed the newly planted tracts "recession gardens" and hope to shape the interest into a movement similar to the victory gardens of World War II. Those gardens, modeled after a White House patch planted by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1943, were intended to inspire self- sufficiency, and at their peak supplied 40 percent of the nation's fresh produce, said Roger Doiron, founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International.
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/16-6
by Applied Research March 27, 2009
 
4.
Victory gardens were inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt to help the allied effort during World War II, by providing self-sufficiency in nutrition needs.
At their peak, victory gardens supplied 40 percent of the nation's fresh produce.

source: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/03/16-6
by Applied Research March 27, 2009