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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 04:02 AM
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WTH is a meme? Use it in a sentence.
It's driving me crazy that I only see the word on the internets.

:+

Bonus: What does it rhyme with?
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 04:17 AM
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1. Heard it once on TV.
Edited on Sun Aug-08-10 04:18 AM by RandomThoughts
meem was pronunciation.

Although I first heard that word a few years ago, so think it is probably a new word.
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6000eliot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 04:37 AM
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2. Rhymes with cream or dream.
Means a fast spreading idea, especially on the internet.
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uncommon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 08:31 AM
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20. +1
Perfect answer.

See the following: Meme
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flying rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 04:49 AM
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3. The only thing I hate worse than clowns
Edited on Sun Aug-08-10 04:50 AM by flying rabbit
are memes. :silly:
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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 06:38 AM
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4. Hey thanks for asking that question
I've been curious about that word myself, and had NO idea how it was pronounced... I assumed that the 'e' on the end had an 'a' sound. MEMAY ... lol! :dunce:
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 11:21 AM
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9. "Memay"-- Canadian French equivalent of granny.
Why's everyone talking about Canuck seniors all the time?
:dunce:
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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 12:41 PM
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12. LOL!
From now on, I'll be picturing French Canadian grandmothers whenever I see that word. :rofl:
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zanana1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 07:53 AM
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5. I'd walk a hundred miles for one of your smiles...
my meme!
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Crystal Clarity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 05:11 PM
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24. You seem like Sweetheart Zanana...
not based on this post only, but some of the others I've seen too. I look forward to getting to know you better on DU. From one 'newbie' another... :hi:
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 07:55 AM
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6. No.
"WTH" is NOT a meme.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 10:57 AM
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7. a meme is a concept or idea which spreads virally through a population
for instance, the LOLcat thing is a meme. It started as a joke that caught on and evolved (or devolved depending on your opinion of LOLcats). Fashion, art, or music styles could be considered to be memes in their broadest form, as could philosophies.
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dalaigh lllama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 11:16 AM
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8. "Meme" is a department of Southwest Province in Cameroon.
The department covers an area of 3,105 km and as of 2001 had a total population of 300,318.The capital of the department lies at Kumba.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme_ (department)


:D
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LaydeeBug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 11:34 AM
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10. Pronounced "meem", it means a verbal motif or mantra
Like, "The Republican's oft repeated *meme* of lower taxes and endless war is leaving our nation in a state of disrepair".
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 12:10 PM
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11. WTF is a meme. WTH is not a meme.
:P

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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 01:24 PM
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13. A meme is an idea that can be transmitted..
Edited on Sun Aug-08-10 01:25 PM by MicaelS
Through a population, and undergo change (mutations) while doing so. It is the cultural equivalent of a gene. It rhymes with "cream."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

A meme is a unit of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes, in that they self-replicate and respond to selective pressures.

The British scientist Richard Dawkins coined the word "meme" in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, beliefs (notably religious beliefs), clothing fashion, and the technology of building arches.

Meme-theorists contend that memes evolve by natural selection (in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution) through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance influencing an individual meme's reproductive success. Memes spread through the behaviors that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and (for better or for worse) mutate. Theorists point out that memes which replicate the most effectively spread best, and some memes may replicate effectively even when they prove detrimental to the welfare of their hosts.


Examples of memes http://memes.org/examples-memes
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cemaphonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 08:56 PM
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14. nice link (the second one) - that was interesting to read.
It always surprises me when people think that memes are some kind of newfangled internet thing. I first learned of the the word and concept when I was a kid in the 80s, and it made perfect sense to me then.
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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 09:49 PM
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15. Thanks...
Edited on Sun Aug-08-10 09:51 PM by MicaelS
I first learned about memes while reading Analog Science Fiction magazine. Made perfect sense to me.

The meme that really jumped out at me was Conspiracy Theories. I thought those really are memes, a better example couldn't be found.
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-08-10 10:23 PM
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16. Thanks everyone - looks like I musta got drunk on the internet last night
...hic!

:D
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 01:16 AM
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17. Referring to things as memes is a meme.
99.99% of the time, "meme" is used in place of a more common-place word because it sounds cool. That may be a meme, too... :)
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 02:24 AM
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18. Sample sentence: "I meme what I say, and I say what I meme"
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 08:28 AM
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19. "I'm your Auntie Meme!"
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BillStein Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 08:35 AM
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21. It's a phildelphism..
as in "Meme my husband saw a movie last night"
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 01:21 PM
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22. "Faux Noise keeps pushing this 'anchor baby' meme ad nauseam."
There.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 01:53 PM
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23. "The narwhal meme has run its course on DU."
It rhymes with "ream".
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 05:41 PM
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25. "It's all about meme."
"Everything is all about meme meme meme meme!!!!"



-Typical Republican Mantra.



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moksha Donating Member (345 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-10 05:45 PM
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26. "Meme Billy fixed the car."
It is slang for "Me and..." which is slang for "...and I"

Rhymes with "no see-um"
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