Ahhh, it's that time again. Another installment of My Spam Folder has made it onto the blog.

As I was perusing the myriad of choices I had to pick from, my curious little brain started wondering where the word spam originated, so I did some digging. From The Good Word Blog and several others, I found that
the term comes from the 1970 Spam sketch of the BBC television comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus". The sketch is set in a cafe where nearly every item on the menu includes Spam of the canned meat variety. As the waiter recites the Spam-filled menu, a chorus of Viking patrons drowns out all conversations with a song repeating "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam... lovely Spam! wonderful Spam!", hence "Spamming" the dialogue.

In the 1980s the term was adopted to describe certain abusive users who frequented BBSs, who would repeat "Spam" a huge number of times to scroll other users' text off the screen.

And if Spam wasn't enough, we now have to contend with SPIT (SPam over Internet Telephony), which can be just as annoying and much harder to clean up.

These were some of my favorites from the last few weeks:

Check out these fat people's before and after pics  - Well, I'll give them points for bluntness

Secrets To Slimming Your Saddlebags - Okay, this one I'll look at, but only if it involves no physical exercise whatsoever.

View pics of 50+ singles in your area - could you BE any more confusing? Are we talking quantity or age here? (This is the consequence of clicking that check box next to single or divorced or widowed on ANY SITE YOU MAY HAVE EVER VISITED.) I get a lot of these, all worded slightly different. I also get wooed by HOT SINGLES IN YOUR AREA on my Facebook sidebar and wonder where are these guys? Cause I sure haven't seen 'em. Their blinding white teeth alone would have drawn my attention.

Last, from my blog comments spam folder...and I quote...

Is Bigfoot Actual Or Bogus? For over 4 hundred a long time, there have already been reporting's of a guy like monster that may be completely coated in hair.

First, the small part of my brain that houses my grammar snob had an aneurysm. 

   And I think all the females of the species just got
really pissed off. 

I hope you'll join me for Jeremy and Ellie's Top 10 Horror/Scifi Movie Quotes Blogfest on Sunday. It's going to be a scream.


Summer Ross said...

This is fun! I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for posting.

erica and christy said...

I think it's funny that my joint email with my husband gets a lot of the "meet hot singles" spam...

Raven Corinn Carluk said...

I think Mrs. Sasquatch might also be upset by the implication she has big feet. She works hard to squeeze into those size fifteens.

Melissa said...

HAHA. This post is made of awesome. You did a lot of investigating into the origin of the word spam. So cool.

Spam emails are HILARIOUS. I'm jealous of your blogger spam - way cooler than any I've ever gotten!

Alison Stevens said...

These are hilarious! Especially bigfoot!

Rogue Mutt said...

I always wonder what kind of moron actually clicks on the links in those poorly worded Emails.

Hart Johnson said...

*snicker* I always love a good Monty Python reference... And I adore those chat SNAFUs. Have your gone to the 'I Hate You Autocorrect' website? I always end up crying from laughing so hard.

gideon 86 said...

Very funny,

Thanks for the laughs, Lisa.


Demitria said...

I didn't know that' where the term spam came from. That's pretty awesome trivia knowledge right there. Thanks for sharing!

New follower...


Jen Daiker said...

I get random one's at work that have everything to do with sexy single females... I wonder if I should email them and tell them I am indeed married and in no need of a female considering I don't swing that way.

I doubt it would affect it at all.

I LOVE THE YOU'RE one... that was hilarious!!!

Ann said...

I so enjoyed your spam folder. I get spam at my work email. It wants to help me improve my erection. No really!

Abby Minard said...

Over 4 hundred a long time, huh? That's a really long time.

Love this- so funny. I never knew that's how "spam" originated. I learn something new every day!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Your so funny, lmao ;)

Rachael Harrie said...

LOL, love Monty Python!!! :)



Lisa Potts said...

Summer, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Erica, those HOT SINGLES must be running rampant.

Raven, you're probably right about the feet thing.

Melissa, glad you enjoyed it. I am pretty lucky when it comes to SPAM.

Alison, thanks!

RM, not this moron, but I have been tempted at times.

Hart, yes I have visited the site before. SO funny.

Michael, you're welcome!

Demetria, thanks for stopping by and the follow!

Jen, I love that one too! I tend to correct both of the kids'
writing assignments a bit obsessively.

Ann, I get tons of SPAM at work, but our network filters it away before I can even read it : (

Abby, yes, a very long time. Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole, thanks for that!

Rachael, me too! I'll have my crusade post up soon.

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