Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 528.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 07:13:16 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: possible research project in linguistics
Possibly everyone here has noticed the ingenious way in which subject lines
are constructed in an attempt to avoid detection by anti-spamming software.
Surely there's a very interesting research project here. I was moved to
think of this by some in the latest batch of spam:
From the subtle
lasts longer than víagra
and the quaint evocation of the simplicity of yesteryear (when lower-case
letters were not available)
FROM MRS JULIANA MBULUKU
to the tiresomely obvious
Slashed prices on V-I-A-G-R-A!!
the use of homophonic misspelling
Aa, ddullt movie stars Ceecrut for fame ! yte
and elaborate mix of otiose and semi-homographic symbols
Have meds?Valï(u)m, V|@gra, X(a)n@x, Som@ Di3t Pills Many M3ds POShVg
with something I first thought an appeal to the cryptographically inclined
Á¤º¸)´ëÇÑ¹Î±¹ ¹«·á»çÀÌÆ® ÃÑÁýÇÕ
(which turned out only to be what happened to a line in Japanese)
and of course
Sick of S(P_A*M yet Willard?
To which the reaction need not be given.
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