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Feb 9, 2022
This week’s theme
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This week’s words
cacoethes
refoulement
memetic
bimarian
graphomania

memetic
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memetic

PRONUNCIATION:
(muh/mee/mi-MET-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to memes.

ETYMOLOGY:
From meme, from Greek mimeisthai (to imitate, copy). Earliest documented use: 1977.

USAGE:
“In Nov 2016, members of the 4chan community announced: ‘We actually elected a meme as president.’ ... [They] had channelled their combined memetic attacks to help elect a reality TV star to the highest office in the land. The nihilistic memes of Clown World had manifested in reality.”
Brian McGleenon; It’s a Doge-Eat-Doge World; The Independent (London, UK); Jan 13, 2022.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men. -Alice Walker, poet and novelist (b. 9 Feb 1944)

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