Our SPAM

We here at Literary Ashland get a lot of comments, but 90% of them are SPAM. Since I moderate the comments, the spam doesn’t make it through to you. The spam is mostly incoherent jibberish with links back to the spammer’s web site. But some of this blog spam—blam—written by furiously typing crazed shut ins is worth a look. Misspelled flattery makes up about half of the spam:

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Occasionally a spammer takes the confrontational approach, daring me not to approve the comment:

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Some spam pops in key words like Google (Google must google itself), some proud Russians refuse to translate and every now and then a comment is just keyboard salad:

Every now and then, however, you find a gem or two:

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What have you spammers got to add?

About Ed Battistella

Edwin Battistella’s latest book Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology was released by Oxford University Press in June of 2014.
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