WHAT’S A MEME?
Ever heard people talk about “Memes” or “Internet Memes” and wondered what the hell they’re talking about? Here’s a brief definition and a few interesting facts you can impress people with next time the topic comes up:
The word meme is a shortening of mimeme originating from Ancient Greek meaning “something imitated”. The term “meme” is widely mispronounced sounding like “me me” or sometimes “meh meh” or even “mayh-mm”. The French word même meaning “same” has been hijacked as the common mispronunciation. However, the correct pronunciation is “meem”.
Wiki defines a meme as an idea, behaviour or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.
Therefore, an internet meme is obviously an idea that is propagated through the World Wide Web. The idea may take the form of a website, picture, hyperlink, video, hashtag, word or phrase such as intentionally misspelling a word. Admittedly some can be very annoying such as “dat” instead of “that”.