spam

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The original sense (canned ham) is a proprietary name registered by Geo. A. Hormel & Co. in U.S., 1937. It is presumed to be a conflation of either spiced ham or shoulder of pork and ham[1] but was soon extended to other kinds of canned meat. Hormel spells the trademarked name in all upper case.

The use for unsolicited and unwanted email derives from a Monty Python sketch (Flying Circus, Episode 25). In the 1970 sketch, a group of Vikings in a restaurant repeatedly chant the word "spam". The earliest recorded real-life use for this sense occurs around 1993 which finds reference in an email dated March 31, 1993.

The term appears to have been used earlier in a different sense in relation to "Multi-User Dungeons" (MUDs), a kind of multi-user computer gaming environment before widespread use of the Internet, in the 1980s.

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Noun[edit]

spam ‎(countable and uncountable, plural spams)

  1. (uncountable, rarely countable, computing, Internet) Unsolicited bulk electronic messages.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%. That means about $165 billion was spent not on drumming up business, but on annoying people, creating landfill and cluttering spam filters.
    I get far too much spam.
    I received 58 spams yesterday.
  2. (uncountable, computing, Internet) Any undesired electronic content automatically generated for commercial purposes.
  3. A type of tinned meat made mainly from ham.

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Verb[edit]

spam ‎(third-person singular simple present spams, present participle spamming, simple past and past participle spammed)

  1. (intransitive, computing, Internet) To send spam (i.e. unsolicited electronic messages.)
  2. (transitive, computing, Internet) To send spam (i.e. unsolicited electronic messages) to a person or entity.
  3. (transitive, by extension, video games) To relentlessly attack an enemy with (a spell or ability).
    Stop spamming that special attack!
  4. (transitive, intransitive, computing, Internet) To post the same text repeatedly with disruptive effect; to flood.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ What does the SPAM brand name mean?

Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from English spam.

Noun[edit]

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  1. (computing, Internet) Spam.

Etymology 2[edit]

See spamme.

Verb[edit]

spam

  1. imperative of spamme

Dutch[edit]

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Verb[edit]

spam

  1. first-person singular present indicative of spammen
  2. imperative of spammen

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English spam.

Noun[edit]

spam m ‎(plural spams)

  1. spam (meat)
  2. (computing, Internet) spam

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Hungarian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English spam.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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  1. (computing, Internet) spam

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative spam spamek
accusative spamet spameket
dative spamnek spameknek
instrumental spammel spamekkel
causal-final spamért spamekért
translative spammé spamekké
terminative spamig spamekig
essive-formal spamként spamekként
essive-modal
inessive spamben spamekben
superessive spamen spameken
adessive spamnél spameknél
illative spambe spamekbe
sublative spamre spamekre
allative spamhez spamekhez
elative spamből spamekből
delative spamről spamekről
ablative spamtől spamektől
Possessive forms of spam
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. spamem spameim
2nd person sing. spamed spameid
3rd person sing. spame spamei
1st person plural spamünk spameink
2nd person plural spametek spameitek
3rd person plural spamük spameik

Interlingua[edit]

Noun[edit]

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  1. (computing, Internet) spam

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English spam.

Noun[edit]

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  1. (Internet) spam

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English spam.

Noun[edit]

spam m (plural spans)

  1. (computing, Internet) spam

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English

Noun[edit]

spam m ‎(plural spams)

  1. (computing) spam

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English spam.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [spam]
  • Hyphenation: spam

Noun[edit]

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  1. (computing, Internet) spam

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Usage notes[edit]

As the word starts with two consonants, some Turkish people will have difficulties to spell it correctly. It may be spelled also sıpam.


Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English spam.

Noun[edit]

spam

  1. (computing, Internet) spam