Saturday, December 08, 2007

Mental health break #1

You have to get away from grading every once in a while . . .

Here are a couple of recent subject headings of e-mails the spam file whose senders seem to have fallen prey to the soft bigotry of low expectations:

"Have an unforgetful night of pleasure with your girlfriend!"

"Satisfactory sexual intercourse."

Given the quantity of spam I've been receiving of late (much of it with rather strained double-entendre gift-giving angles), I'm sure this list will, um, grow.


R. Sherman said...

So, I guess the first one was for Alzheimer's medication, eh?


Bonnie said...

I just dumped the 218 that accumulated since Friday.
Do you know why those unwanted, unsolicited, unlovely e-mails are called spam? Wikipedia says it is widely believed the term is derived from the 1970 Monty Python SPAM sketch, set in a cafe where nearly every item on the menu includes SPAM luncheon meat. The execssive amount of SPAM mentioned in the sketch became "SPAMming" the dialogue.
I liked the accompanying photo...very Andy Warholish.

John B. said...

Thanks to the both of you for dropping by and commenting.

Randall, that was my thinking exactly. The one I keep pondering, though, is the second one. "Satisfactory" is all we're aspiring to these days? That's like a "C," isn't it? It reminds me as well of something a colleague of mine who teaches Human Sexuality told me once as she was complaining about student papers: "I sure hope they're doing it better than they write about it."

Bonnie, welcome if you are new here (or, for that matter, even if you're not) and thanks for the information. I'd suspected that Monty Python might be responsible for its naming, though I'd also considered that it might be some sort of acronym. As for me, I keep the spam in the bulk mail folder just for purposes such as this post: the occasional little ESL-ish slips in syntax and semantics are good for the occasional laugh.