n. An email message spewed out in all directions.
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—“Danger zones and dusty tomes,” The Australian, August 26, 1997
1995 (earliest)
Barfmail: multiple bounce (nondelivered) messages to the level of serious annoyance, like what happens when an inter-mail gateway goes wonky.
—Larry R. Moffitt, “The Hacker's Dictionary,” The Washington Times, March 06, 1995
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