Last modified on 2 June 2014, at 10:51

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Created at PodCamp Pittsburgh 2, 2007, modelled on spam (junk mail, or a meat product) and bacon.

NounEdit

bacn (uncountable)

  1. (Internet, informal) Non-spam email messages that have been signed up for, but which the recipient does not necessarily want or have time to read.
    • 2008, Bill Young, Webplicity 2 0: The Critical Guide to Successful Web Strategies[1], iUniverse, ISBN 9780595633449, page 100:
      Examples of bacn email are: bank statement notifications, e-news alerts from companies, newsletters ...
    • 2010, Gina Trapani, Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better[2], John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9781118013977, page 35:
      In other words, they're messages that you want to read eventually, just not right now. Clearing away the bacon automatically can help you drill down to what's important more quickly.
    • 2011, Ryan Teeter, Karl Barksdale, Google Apps for Dummies[3], John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 9781118052402:
      Rather than let bacn accumulate and ruin an otherwise pleasant day, ...
    • 2011 March 9, John D. Sutter, “Google 'smart labels' aim to de-stress e-mail”, CNN, accessed on 2013-03-16:
      The smart labels feature essentially focuses on "bacn," that brand of e-mail that people subscribe to and generally want to read -- but don't have time for right now.