Caught in the Spam Radar

For some reason there’s been an especially high level of spam lately. A lot of it’s for ForEx (foreign exchange) schemes, which makes sense with the dollar tanking — a small investment in Euros or Pounds a couple years ago would have made a nice return. I’m not sure teaming up with the guy that’s spamming you about it is really the best way to enter the field, though.

But the spam that’s really getting my attention is the stuff with totally made-up words. This morning, I submitted spams with titles like “intercalative parafloccular” and “jager nomistic fipple”. I mean, how gorgeous are those phrases? A science fiction writer could name an entire galaxy of futuristic devices, new worlds, and extraterrestrial characters from what I delete from my spam queue every morning!

“Scotty, is the intercalative prafloccular drive holding up?”

“Aye, cap’n, she’s absolutely fantastic, ‘ummin’ like a wee kitten!”

“Excellent! Sulu, set a nomistic course for Jager. Fipple, bring me my coffee!”

And so on. Someone needs to write a web-based program to capture spam, extract these words, and create a reference for authors with writer’s block.

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  • Anonymous

    Of course anyone who used
    Of course anyone who used those words would automatically have their book classified as spam because of all the people sending those phrases to their spam folder. :)

  • Anonymous

    Probably, Mark. Some French
    Probably, Mark. Some French avant-garde author should write a book using only words from spam (like the novel a few years back that didn’t use the letter “e”).

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