To truly stop spam, you must know whence it came

If you didn’t already know (which I didn’t until 79 seconds ago), this is how the interweb term “spam” came to be (compelling hint:  not from the delicious semi-meat below—at least, not directly).

From The Internet Society:

   The term "spam" as it is used to denote mass unsolicited mailings or
   netnews postings is derived from a Monty Python sketch set in a
   movie/tv studio cafeteria.  During that sketch, the word "spam" takes
   over each item offered on the menu until the entire dialogue consists
   of nothing but "spam spam spam spam spam spam and spam."  This so
   closely resembles what happens when mass unsolicited mail and posts
   take over mailing lists and netnews groups that the term has been
   pushed into common usage in the Internet community.

Since I am actually paid to discern funny from suckass, I must say that the Monty Python sketch whence it came is far funnier than its cyber-likeness. Pay attention:

A maddening, dubious distinction, yes; nonetheless, an omnipresent and integral part of the digital world in which we communicate. I would definitely put “they named internet spam after me,” if not at the top of my résumé, then damn, damn close to the top. Or maybe end my CV with it. Yep, that’s exactly what I would do. I would end with it. Hello, job.

~ by zactopia on June 19, 2010.

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