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"Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of nowhere...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by TigerVols, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    ...figured I'd ask a board full of writers: what the hell does "meme" mean and why all of a sudden does it show up all the time, usually when a pundit is talking about poltics or a techy about twitter or some such.

    Anyone care to explain for me?

    Anyone care to add another recent-ish phrase that's bugging them?
     
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    Meme has popped up in the last few years thanks to the proliferation of hugely popular internet communities such as something awful (gotta pay $10 to join) and 4chan (for the love of JESUS GOD AND ALL THE SAINTS DO NOT GO THERE ON A WORK COMPUTER OR IF YOU ARE NOT A SOUL CORPSE).

    Memes, basically, are nerdy ways of saying "trend" or "fad" or "in-joke" -- they're things that pop up out of nowhere and get repeated ad infinitium very quickly. Politicos probably got tired of using the term "talking points" and thus glommed on this phrase.

    Thing is, memes grow old just as quickly, at which point they become "old meme", and use of it makes you look like you check your Friendster account on Compuserve while wearing your Members Only jacket and parachute pants.

    Eventually, "meme" will become old meme, and it'll be replaced by something else. Probably involving cows.
     
  3. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    I swear, we did this thread a year or so ago, and it became a far-flung discussion of memes and whether or not they could be tropes.

    No idea what the title was, though.

    So, here's my contribution:

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

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    I do believe you were looking for this:

    http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/31893/
     
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    "new-fangled" phrases don't bother me nearly as much as people that make nowhere two words.
     
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    What about people who make "all right" one word?
     
  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    I'm alright with that.
     
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    It's like I don't even know you!!!! :D
     
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    Dr Pepper. Don't fuck with that one.
     
  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    I'm a'ight with it.
     
  11. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...


    Actually, you're all wrong with that
     
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Re: "Meme" and other new-fangled phrases that appeared out of no where...

    IJAG's joke
    spnited's head​
     
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