What is email spam? Where is the word ‘spam’ derived from?

The term is derived from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a British TV comedy. The word ‘spam’ was sung therein repeatedly and loudly, drowning out conversation.

Email spam works much the same way, since it creates a great deal of clutter and chaos in the internet traffic. Email spam is the unsolicited email sent out to large number of people at the same time. It is also known as ‘bulk email’ or ‘junk email’. It is estimated that spam accounts for more than 80% of all emails in the USA today.

More reading:
E-mail spam (Wikipedia)

Related posts:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *