Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 13:47:51 -0500
From: Evan Morris words1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WORD-DETECTIVE.COM
Subject: Re: Word of the Year
At 09:33 AM 11/7/97 -0500, Grant Barrett wrote:
My unofficial nomination for word of the year is:
SPAM: unsolicited, bulk email (there is also a verb form). Alternate
sense: to bombard people with useless information. Source possibly a
Monty Python skit in which the name of the product "Spam" is used a
zillion times in a list of menu possibilities in a comedic reference to
the main source of meat in post-WWII Britain.
I was sort of considering this one too. It certainly is the WOTY for
anyone on the net to any extent, though I'm not sure it really qualifies as
making a splash with the public in general.
Speaking of spam (not to start another computer discussion, but this is a
really nifty tip), if you use a mail program with filters (such as Eudora),
create one to intercept any message with "remove" or "removed" in the body
text. Most spam contains a pro forma apology and offer to "remove" you
from the list. The offer is nearly always bogus, but the word "remove" is
a handy handle with which to vault the garbage into a holding mailbox (I
call mine "crap") which you can then skim every week or so (in case some
legit mail ended up there) and then delete en masse.
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