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Subject: info about neologism 'spam'
Question: Hello! I'm journalist and I work in a cultural quiz show. I'm
verifying a question about the name 'spam' and I would appreciate
your help very much to check this information, if it’s possible.
The question I'm now verifying is:

"We call ‘spam’ the unsolicited e-mails, but where does the word
‘spam’ come from?"

Answer: A tinned meat brand - SPAM is a tinned meat brand. The
Internet sense appears to derive from a sketch by the British
‘Monty Python’ comedy group.

Is that correct? I’ve written to the brand but they say that
“there is no direct link between the Spam brand name and usage of
the word ‘spam’ in reference to the internet”. I should like to
hear the opinion of an expert, such you in this case.

I thank you in advance for your help and I am looking forward to
hearing from you.

Best regards,

Reply: If you go to linguistlist.org, the host of this service, and choose Mailing Lists from the menu on the left, you can search the archives of many lists but especially of the American Dialect Society list (ADS-L). They have had a number of discussion threads on the word "spam."
Reply From: Herbert Frederic Stahlke      click here to access email
 
Date: 03-Dec-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: info about neologism 'spam'    Marilyn N Silva     (03-Dec-2013)
  2. Re: info about neologism 'spam'    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (03-Dec-2013)
  3. Re: info about neologism 'spam'    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (03-Dec-2013)

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