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spamming

verb; folk etymology
to send out unwanted email to many different persons, with no method of selection in who one is sending them to. Usually takes the form of mass produced advertisements. the word apparently evolved from the product, Spam, a mass produced canned meat product. Presumably, Spam would be an unwanted meal if one were served it, and so the word became expanded to mean unwanted mass produced mail message, though this could be a folk etymology.
 
Later, she used what she'd seen me do to start spamming broadcast messages across the entire network.
Etymology : widening (possibly folk etymology)
Source : Read on an online message board at www.fark.com.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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