Man tweets asking what 'mac' in mac and cheese is

  • Twitter user @cloutboyjojo posed the question and it quickly went viral
  • People have been tweeting him what they think the word 'mac' might stand for however the majority of people are insisting it stands for macaroni
  • The tweet has been liked 180,000 times, retweeted over 60,000 times and received more than 1,000 comments in 24 hours  

By Aoibhinn Mc Bride For Dailymail.com

Published: 18:49 EST, 14 February 2018 | Updated: 20:34 EST, 14 February 2018

Some use it to keep abreast of current affairs, while others like to lurk in the shadows so they can troll people anonymously. 

But one man has taken to Twitter to ask the Internet what the 'mac' in mac and cheese really stands for.   

Twitter user @cloutboyjojo wrote: 'So is macaroni and cheese "mac" because it’s short for macaroni... or is it because "mac" is an acronym for macaroni and cheese'. 

Food for thought: Twitter user @cloutboyjojo has taken to the micro-blogging site to ask what the 'mac' in mac and cheese really stands for
Food for thought: Twitter user @cloutboyjojo has taken to the micro-blogging site to ask what the 'mac' in mac and cheese really stands for

Food for thought: Twitter user @cloutboyjojo has taken to the micro-blogging site to ask what the 'mac' in mac and cheese really stands for

Viral: It has received over 1,000 comments and 160,000 likes in less than 24 hours with people taking to the comments section to offer their own thoughts on the matter 
Viral: It has received over 1,000 comments and 160,000 likes in less than 24 hours with people taking to the comments section to offer their own thoughts on the matter 

Viral: It has received over 1,000 comments and 160,000 likes in less than 24 hours with people taking to the comments section to offer their own thoughts on the matter 

Alternative: Another tweeted that they thought the dish referred to the song Return of the Mac 
Alternative: Another tweeted that they thought the dish referred to the song Return of the Mac 

Alternative: Another tweeted that they thought the dish referred to the song Return of the Mac 

And understandably his burning question has gone viral, not because people have the answer (which is macaroni by the way), but because they decided to come up with their own interpretations of what mac stands for in the comments section. 

Twitte user @vinnycrack wrote: 'I want some MAC. Motivation. Affection. Cheese'. 

While @elysiagrimes typed: 'it’s short for macaroni otherwise it would be "macaroni and cheese and cheese"'. 

And @NotTheFakeAJC agreed writing: 'If ‘mac’ in ‘mac and cheese’ was for the acronym, it would be ‘macaroni and cheese and cheese’ which would be redundant'.  

Username @IHeartNoise suggested: 'I think Macaroni and Cheese were named for a song "Return of the Mac". Or maybe it's the other way around'. 

National treasure: Mac and cheese has been a household staple in the US since the 1930s 
National treasure: Mac and cheese has been a household staple in the US since the 1930s 

National treasure: Mac and cheese has been a household staple in the US since the 1930s 

Great minds: Another Twitter user shared that she had been thinking the same thing 
Great minds: Another Twitter user shared that she had been thinking the same thing 

Great minds: Another Twitter user shared that she had been thinking the same thing 

Theory: While others posted memes and gifs about the matter 
Theory: While others posted memes and gifs about the matter 

Theory: While others posted memes and gifs about the matter 

Logic: A lot of people seemed to miss the joke and said it was obvious what 'mac' stood for 
Logic: A lot of people seemed to miss the joke and said it was obvious what 'mac' stood for 

Logic: A lot of people seemed to miss the joke and said it was obvious what 'mac' stood for 

However @jaedenbond66 had a different idea: 'It depends on context cuz you don’t say I’m gonna make some Mac art or something. But if you are referencing the food and you say Mac and cheese then it’s macaroni but if you walked up and home boy was like “bruh I made some Mac and it slaps” then it’s an acronym '. 

And @Caz2Y5N joked: 'Hmmm. You might say that is food for thought!'

The dish macaroni and cheese gained popularity in the US in the 1937 after Kraft created the prepackaged dry boxed version. 

The food producer launched the product during the Great Depression, allowing a family of four to eat for just 19 cents. 

And while the exact origins of the American delicacy are unknown, it's believed Thomas Jefferson brought the recipe back with him after a trip to Italy.  

The earliest known recorded recipe being scribbled down in 1769.   

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