Whilst we would rather have this as a fritter (us northerners) how did this term ever get into email? SPAM in terms of meat stands for Specially Processed American Meat but in email terminology it simply means ‘unsolicited email’
Spam as an email term does not actually stand for anything but was just a name that started and continued purely by chance. This came about in 1994 as part of a lawsuit in the US. A company had advertised its product on the usenet newsgroups (one of the first mass forums) and were flooded with complaints. Complaints made due to the misuse of the then scarce internet resources. Disk space and bandwidth was massively consumed by this single action, given the storage costs and modem dial up solutions back then you can imagine the issues. After this the name Spam simply caught on and is still with us today.
It is currently estimated that 70% of all emails sent are actually Spam and of this figure 90% can be attributed to a core of 200 Spam outfits.
Spam unfortunately is an overwhelming fact of life. Filtering however is available relatively cheaply to keep 99.9% of it out of your inbox, please contact Cloud53 should you need advice.