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May 1, 2018
This week’s theme
Coined words

This week’s words
adhocracy
meme
teetotal
booboisie
ekistics

meme
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with Anu Garg

meme

PRONUNCIATION:
(meem)

MEANING:
noun:
1. An element of culture, idea, behavior, etc., that’s transmitted from person to person.
2. An image, video clip, etc. often with amusing caption, that’s transmitted virally on the Internet.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek mimeisthai (to imitate, copy); coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene in 1976.

USAGE:
“I mean, jeez, no one clicked ‘like’ on the meme you posted four minutes ago and you think that’s a reason to kill yourself?”
Katharine Miller; Slantindicular; Sparkling Observationalist; 2017.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side. -Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1 May 1672-1719)

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