Every time something new is invented, there are people trying to make a quick buck. In the case of email, the problem is spam, which is typically defined as unwanted messages. It is used for various purposes, such as to market products and services or to trick people into giving out their personal data. The first spam email was sent in 1978 by Gary Thuerk as an advertisement for his company. The first use of the term “spam” appeared in 1993, when a person accidentally posted 200 messages to a group of people.

  每当新事物被发明出来,就会有人试图赚快钱。以电子邮件而言,问题是垃圾邮件,它通常被定义为不受欢迎的讯息。它用于各种用途,例如行销产品与服务或诱骗人们泄露其个人资料。第一封垃圾邮件由盖瑞.图尔克在 1978 年送出,以作为其公司的广告。「垃圾邮件」一词在 1993 年首次使用,当时有个人不小心向一群人发送两百则讯息。

 

生活必备字词:

be defined as...  被定义为……

trick sb into V-ing  欺骗某人(做)……

give out...  透露……


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本文节录自《常春藤生活英语》杂志,完整内容请见五月号。

 


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