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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a canned meat made largely from pork
      2: unwanted e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in
         bulk) [syn: spam, junk e-mail]
      v 1: send unwanted or junk e-mail

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Send Phenomenal Amounts of Mail (Usenet, EMP, slang)

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Spiced Pork and hAM (Usenet, EMP)

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [from Monty Python's Flying Circus]
      1. To crash a program by overrunning a fixed-size buffer with excessively
      large input data. See also buffer overflow, overrun screw, smash the
      2. To cause a newsgroup to be flooded with irrelevant or inappropriate
      messages. You can spam a newsgroup with as little as one well- (or ill-)
      planned message (e.g. asking ?What do you think of abortion?? on
      soc.women). This is often done with cross-posting (e.g. any message which
      is cross-posted to alt.rush-limbaugh and alt.politics.homosexuality will
      almost inevitably spam both groups). This overlaps with troll behavior;
      the latter more specific term has become more common.
      3. To send many identical or nearly-identical messages separately to a
      large number of Usenet newsgroups. This is more specifically called ECP,
      Excessive Cross-Posting. This is one sure way to infuriate nearly everyone
      on the Net. See also velveeta and jello.
      4. To bombard a newsgroup with multiple copies of a message. This is more
      specifically called EMP, Excessive Multi-Posting.
      5. To mass-mail unrequested identical or nearly-identical email messages,
      particularly those containing advertising. Especially used when the mail
      addresses have been culled from network traffic or databases without the
      consent of the recipients. Synonyms include UCE, UBE. As a noun, ?spam?
      refers to the messages so sent.
      6. Any large, annoying, quantity of output. For instance, someone on IRC
      who walks away from their screen and comes back to find 200 lines of text
      might say ?Oh no, spam?.
      The later definitions have become much more prevalent as the Internet has
      opened up to non-techies, and to most people senses 3 4 and 5 are now
      primary. All three behaviors are considered abuse of the net, and are
      almost universally grounds for termination of the originator's email
      account or network connection. In these senses the term ?spam? has gone
      mainstream, though without its original sense or folkloric freight ? there
      is apparently a widespread myth among lusers that ?spamming? is what
      happens when you dump cans of Spam into a revolving fan. Hormel, the makers
      of Spam, have published a surprisingly enlightened position statement on
      the Internet usage.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  (From Hormel's Spiced Ham, via the Monty Python
     "Spam" song) To post irrelevant or inappropriate messages to
     one or more Usenet newsgroups, mailing lists, or other
     messaging system in deliberate or accidental violation of
     It is possible to spam a newsgroup with one well- (or ill-)
     planned message, e.g. asking "What do you think of abortion?"
     on soc.women.  This can be done by cross-posting, e.g. any
     message which is crossposted to alt.rush-limbaugh and
     alt.politics.homosexuality will almost inevitably spam both
     groups.  (Compare troll and flame bait).
     Posting a message to a significant proportion of all
     newsgroups is a sure way to spam Usenet and become an object
     of almost universal hatred.  Canter and Siegel spammed the net
     with their Green card post.
     If you see an article which you think is a deliberate spam, DO
     NOT post a follow-up - doing so will only contribute to the
     general annoyance.  Send a polite message to the poster by
     private e-mail and CC it to "postmaster" at the same address.
     Bear in mind that the posting's origin might have been forged
     or the apparent sender's account might have been used by
     someone else without his permission.
     The word was coined as the winning entry in a 1937 competition
     to choose a name for Hormel Foods Corporation's "spiced meat"
     (now officially known as "SPAM luncheon meat").  Correspondant
     Bob White claims the modern use of the term predates Monty
     Python by at least ten years.  He cites an editor for the
     Dallas Times Herald describing Public Relations as "throwing a
     can of spam into an electric fan just to see if any of it
     would stick to the unwary passersby."
     Usenet newsgroup: news:news.admin.net-abuse.
     See also netiquette.
     2. (A narrowing of sense 1, above) To indiscriminately send
     large amounts of unsolicited e-mail meant to promote a
     product or service.  Spam in this sense is sort of like the
     electronic equivalent of junk mail sent to "Occupant".
     In the 1990s, with the rise in commercial awareness of the
     net, there are actually scumbags who offer spamming as a
     "service" to companies wishing to advertise on the net.  They
     do this by mailing to collections of e-mail addresses,
     Usenet news, or mailing lists.  Such practises have caused
     outrage and aggressive reaction by many net users against the
     individuals concerned.
     3. (Apparently a generalisation of sense 2, above) To abuse
     any network service or tool by for promotional purposes.
     "AltaVista is an index, not a promotional tool.  Attempts to
     fill it with promotional material lower the value of the index
     for everyone.  [...] We will disallow URL submissions from
     those who spam the index.  In extreme cases, we will exclude
     all their pages from the index." -- Altavista.
     4.  To crash a program by overrunning a
     fixed-size buffer with excessively large input data.
     See also buffer overflow, overrun screw, smash the stack.
     5.  (A narrowing of sense 1, above) To flood any
     chat forum or Internet game with purposefully annoying
     text or macros.  Compare Scrolling.

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