I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an official definition of the word “meme.”Â It’s one of those words that you see so often that you know the general meaning of it.Â However, in the past twenty-four hours, I’ve heard the word pronounced two different ways:Â “me-me”, andÂ “mim.”
So, I looked it up.Â Both the pronunications I heard before were wrong.Â The correct pronunciation rhymes with the word “theme.”Â Long e in the middle – silent eÂ at the end – “meem”.
The official definition is:
A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.
It comes from the Greek word “mimos” which means “mimic.”Â And that really explains the use of the term “meme” in speaking of practices such as Thursday Thirteen, and Sunday Seven.Â They’re definitely cultural information that is transmitted online repeatedly from one person to another.
Whew!Â I always like to get things straight.Â