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  • n. A written communication containing unpleasant material, especially one that criticizes, insults, or intimidates the recipient.


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Blend of nasty and -gram. Possibly a playful variation of candygram.


  • Elliott Back's personal site about Cornell University has attracted a nastygram from the university, which argues that it's possible that someone (presumably someone very foolish) might mistake his site (whose URL is cornell. with Cornell University's site.

    Boing Boing: February 26, 2006 - March 4, 2006 Archives

  • Next a court in Jersey yesterday ruled against Edward Felton, who was intimidated out of publishing an academic paper deconstructing the security model of the Secure Digital Music Initiative by a nastygram from the RIAA.

    Boing Boing: November 25, 2001 - December 1, 2001 Archives

  • This solution was certainly interesting and unique, but of course there are many cases where the nastygram is the best approach.


  • Anderson told the Chronicle of Higher Education that she may have received an e-mail, which he called a "nastygram," last Friday confirming her tenure was rejected.

    NY Post: News

  • This means, among other things, that people from certain countries visiting Sourceforge will not gain immediate access to the open source projects contained therein, but rather, will receive a "nastygram" in the form of a 403 forbidden message.

    Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial

  • Calling the letter he received a "nastygram," Mr. Sheikh said he decided to pay for the license because it wasn't worth the effort to fight it.

    Colorado Ski Towns Scour Slopes for Cold Cash

  • DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - sent a legal nastygram to USAction demanding the liberal advocacy group cease and desist its campaign to get the job listing site to quit posting ads that discriminate against unemployed people.

    HUFFPOST HILL - Court Gives 2009 Republicans A Big Win

  • Speaking of which, I wanted to compliment you on the great job you did drafting that nastygram for the MLS Commissioner.

    What will happens when Beavers, Timbers play on same night? (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • In 2006, they sent a cease-and-desist nastygram to the Irish non-profit organization IT@Cork for using the word in the name of their conference and sparked a kerfuffle over the ownership of "Web 2.0"

    Alphabet of Computing

  • I wrote a nastygram to Qwest's CEO complaining about crappy service, and when I looked up his mailing address on the web I learned that Qwest's former CEO is in a FEDERAL PRISON for SEC violations.

    National Broadband Plan Is Cash for Clunking Carriers « PubliCola


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  • "When a rightsholder sends a nastygram to Amazon, you don't get a say in whether to treat the claim as valid or bogus."

    --"Amazon's Orwellian deletion of Kindle books", boingboing, July 20, 2009 (Cory Doctorow)

    July 20, 2009

  • an email with a negative, critical or threatening tone

    July 12, 2009

  • Not a term I had heard before, but seems quite well established.

    November 10, 2007