I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an official definition of the word “meme.”  It’s one of those words that you see so often that you know the general meaning of it.  However, in the past twenty-four hours, I’ve heard the word pronounced two different ways:  “me-me”, and  “mim.”

So, I looked it up.  Both the pronunications I heard before were wrong.  The correct pronunciation rhymes with the word “theme.”  Long e in the middle – silent e 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.”  And that really explains the use of the term “meme” in speaking of practices such as Thursday Thirteen, and Sunday Seven.  They’re definitely cultural information that is transmitted online repeatedly from one person to another.

Whew!  I always like to get things straight. 

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2 Responses to “What is a “meme” and how do you pronounce it?”

  1. witch dr Says:

    great thanks for that definitive definition and thanks for keeping the T13 going!

  2. beth Says:

    Well, I’m glad you cleared that up. Where on earth did you find the pronunciation? Just curious.

    I had the whole thing wrong!!! lol

    BTW – I’ve spent the evening trying to upload a smilie plug-in. I partially works on my blog and doesn’t work at all on yours. Go figure! I’ve uploaded one before and couldn’t get it to work and deleted it. Now, I’ve done it again!! ARGGHHHH. I’m leaving it for later.

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