Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 08:46:45 -0500
From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM
Subject: Re: Internet Term Stumper (fwd)
On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, Sylvia Swift wrote:
On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, Daniel S Goodman forwarded:
I hope I don't get spammed for this, but does anyone know how the
term 'spamming' got coined for mass e-mailing?
i read that it's from the metaphor of spam (yes, the trademarked pork
product) hitting a fan, and the resulting havoc. i don't have a copy at
home, but i think it's mentioned in _internet for dummies_.
On Usenet, where spam is a much greater problem than it is on e-mail
lists, there is a group called news.admin.net-abuse.misc (I think--maybe
no "admin" in the name) to discuss and deal with the problem.
They have an excellent and informative FAQ which among other things gives
a very presice definition of spam. And I believe it was in that FAQ
I read that the term "spam" is a reference to the ancient Monty Python
skit about the restaurant where you can't order anything that doesn't
include spam--and where a chorus of men keeps leaping up to chant "SPAM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM . . ." endlessly.
It's an apt and amusing etymology and I hope it's true.
Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]bga.com