Just saw this on a different board and thought I would share with you guys. [story.news.yahoo.com...]
[edited by: lawman at 4:31 pm (utc) on July 20, 2003] [edit reason] See Foo Charter [/edit]
4:12 pm on Jul 20, 2003 (gmt 0)
I liked the reply someone gave on Slashdot; mentioning that since the French do not have their own word for SPAM that it must now be referred to as
jambon épicé courriel
12:15 pm on Jul 21, 2003 (gmt 0)
The word "courriel" actually comes from Québec, and here we've used it exclusively for years - it is only now that the French are starting to adopt it. Personally, I agree with this change, as the word courriel sounds better and is more descriptive in French than email.
As for spam, we use the word "pourriel" a contraction of courriel pourri - the word pourri meaning rotten!