why is spam called spam?

July 31, 2008 6:39am CST
i get a lot of spam emails on a daily basis and as i was deleting them this morning i wondered why they are called spam? does anyone know?
1 response
@nilouette (635)
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
spam is 'short pointless annoying messages' although it may or it may not always be short.
31 Jul 08
is that really what it stands for!? that's quite funny! you're right they're not always short, i don't bother to open them usually, just delete them straight away!
• Philippines
31 Jul 08
I delete them right away too...