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Where does the term spam come from?

Spam is the trademark of a canned luncheon meat product; one of my not so pleasant memories of school dinners is spam fritters (sliced, battered and deep-fried), mushy peas and chips. All dripping in fat.

Today, the term spam is mostly associated with unsolicited, unwanted, and usually commercial e-mail which is sent to large numbers of people. This usage of the word is derived from this sketch from the British television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus in which the word Spam overrides all other dialogue.

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