Where did the term "spam" originate?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Anyone know?


  • Reply 1 of 9
    der kopfder kopf Posts: 2,275member
    the meat product, no? something to do with the low-gradeness of it.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    There is some debate about the source of the term, but the generally accepted version is that it comes from the Monty Python song, "Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, lovely spam, wonderful spam?" Like the song, spam is an endless repetition of worthless text. Another school of thought maintains that it comes from the computer group lab at the University of Southern California who gave it the name because it has many of the same characteristics as the lunchmeat Spam:

    Nobody wants it or ever asks for it.

    No one ever eats it; it is the first item to be pushed to the side when eating the entree.

    Sometimes it is actually tasty, like 1% of junk mail that is really useful to some people.
  • Reply 3 of 9
    splinemodelsplinemodel Posts: 7,311member
    Continuing on what asterix mentioned, there was a skit in Monty Python where a bunch of "spammers" kept on annoying a group of people at dinner. (If I remember correctly. It's a little hazy.)
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    aquafireaquafire Posts: 2,758member

    Originally posted by Messiah

    Anyone know?


    Click here:


  • Reply 6 of 9
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    psh, i dont trust the spam website

    i got mine from www.webopedia.com

    and thanks alcimedes for that lovely song on the page haha
  • Reply 7 of 9
    aquafireaquafire Posts: 2,758member
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by ast3r3x

    [B]psh, i dont trust the spam website


    Then try http://www.spamspamspamspamspamspam.com
  • Reply 8 of 9
    fellowshipfellowship Posts: 5,038member
    spam spam spam

  • Reply 9 of 9
    paulppaulp Posts: 67member
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