Lou Bjostad lbjostad at LAMAR.COLOSTATE.EDU
Tue Oct 17 10:06:12 CDT 1995

>From James Matta <mat1 at HUSKY.BLOOMU.EDU>:
>But.....What is a spam?   (please spare me the puns).

It actually started as a pun.  "Spam" as internet slang originated from a
Monty Python sketch about lunchmeat.  "Spam" means to send a message (often
an advertisement) to dozens of newsgroups and list servers, even though the
subject matter of the message may have nothing to do with the topics those
newsgroups were set up to discuss.  "Spamming" is a violation of most
newsgroup charters, and you can complain to "postmaster at" when
it occurs.

Lou Bjostad, Entomology Dept.          lbjostad at
Colorado State University              Phone: 303-491-5987
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523 USA       Fax:   303-491-0564

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