Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 00:25:26 -0700 From: Anton Sherwood Subject: Re: Internet Term Stumper > I hope I don't get spammed for this, but does anyone know how the > term 'spamming' got coined for mass e-mailing? An explanation that I find plausible cites a Monty Python skit set in a coffee-shop where every item on the menu contains Spam. "Egg and Spam; egg, bacon and Spam; egg, bacon, sausage and Spam; Spam, egg, sausage and Spam; egg, bacon, Spam and sausage; ..." As the waitress recites the menu, a group of Vikings, sitting at a table in the background, chant: "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, lovely Spam, wonderful Spam...." increasing in volume until they drown out the waitress. The aptness of the allusion is enhanced by the image of Spam hitting a fan. *\\* Anton Ubi scriptum?