Here’s something you might have missed. Not an illusion really, but wanted to share this with you guys and gals. Apparently what we considered spam in last few years is nothing compared to this! During the time, people forgot from where this term originates from, so heres a little reminder so you feel educated :) I would really like to know more on this topic. Anyone feels like browsing wikipedia for more info? Please post your comments! So, it appears we were all under illusion of spam being only internet junk – actually it’s something quite different. Enjoy!
Spam is a popular Monty Python sketch, first broadcast in 1970. In the sketch, two customers are trying to order a breakfast from a menu that includes the processed meat product in every dish. The term spam (in electronic communication, and as of 2006, general slang) is derived from this sketch.
Only three and a half minutes long, it builds up into a semi-argument between the waitress who has a menu limited to having Spam in just about everything (“Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, sausage, eggs and Spam“), and Mrs. Bun, who is the only one in the room who does not want it (despite there being some items mentioned that do not actually include Spam, she nevertheless asks for an item without Spam in it).
The phenomenon, some years later, of marketers drowning out discourse by flooding Usenet newsgroups and individuals’ email with junk mail advertising messages was named spamming, recounting the repetitive and unwanted presence of Spam in the sketch.