On the linguistic productivity of the word spam

Raymond Chen

The word spam has spawned off its own corner of the English language.

spamdexing inflating one’s rank in a Web index
sping Trackback spam
splog A fake blog
spim Spam instant messages
spasms Spam SMS messages
spit VoIP spam
sporgery Spamming with a forged From line
spambot A computer which sends spam
blam spam comments on a blog

I’m impressed by how productive the root word spam has become.

Gratuitous cross-promotion: My colleague Terry Zink occasionally writes about spam on his Cyber Security Blog.


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