Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 13:47:51 -0500 From: Evan Morris 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. Howzabout "tabloid"? 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. -- Evan Morris words1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]