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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acronym of Sender Probably A Machine
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