How did Spam become the synonym of unwanted email?

through Monty Python sketch
acronym of Sender Probably A Machine
acronym of Still Pending Another Mail
first spammy emails were meat adverts
Spam (short­ened from spiced ham) is a canned pre­cooked meat product made and trade­marked by the Hormel Foods Cor­po­ra­tion, first in­tro­duced in 1937. It got popular in the UK during WW2. The name has been given to elec­tron­ic spam through a Monty Python sketch, in which Spam was por­trayed as ubiq­ui­tous and in­escapable.

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through Monty Python sketch
acronym of Sender Probably A Machine
acronym of Still Pending Another Mail
first spammy emails were meat adverts
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flagItaly
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flagthe Netherlands
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flagthe United Arab Emirates
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flagUkraine
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flagGermany
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flagFrance
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flagthe United Kingdom
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flagPoland
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flagthe United States
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flagRepublic of Ireland
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flagNorway
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flagIndia
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flagUnknown
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women36%
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acronym of Sender Probably A Machine
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acronym of Still Pending Another Mail
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first spammy emails were meat adverts
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