On the linguistic productivity of the word spam

Raymond Chen


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

spamdexinginflating one’s rank in a Web index
spingTrackback spam
splogA fake blog
spimSpam instant messages
spasmsSpam SMS messages
spitVoIP spam
sporgerySpamming with a forged From line
spambotA computer which sends spam
blamspam 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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