A spam may refer to an irrelevant/unsolicited messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients, or a message being sent over and over again to the same person. This tag should be use with question referring to any kind of spam or issue with the spam/junk folder.

A spam may refer to:

  • An irrelevant/unsolicited messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.

  • A message being sent over and over again to the same person.

  • A tinned meat product made mainly from ham.

Origin

1930's: Apparently from sp(iced h)am. The Internet sense appears to derive from a sketch by the British ‘Monty Python’ comedy group, set in a cafe in which every item on the menu includes spam.

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