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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Word of the Day: Meme

Over the last few days I have seen the word meme used and abused in blog after blog. Internet meme this, potential meme that. Meme alert! A Tom Cruise Scientology meme parody is making the jump to the big screen. And oops you've just been Rickrolled.

The word is being tossed around like an audience member at an Akon concert. Hey, I tried.

So, on the off chance you don't know what meme means--and you were just too damn lazy to look it up-- or you've never heard of it, and you're presently asking yourself 'what is this rambling crazy person talking about?' I'm here to inform you.

Merriam-Webster says that a meme is "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture."

Still don't get it? Here are a few Internet memes you've probably already seen.

The Hamster Dance

Winnebago Man: definitely NSFW, but quite possibly the most awesome meme ever.

And...2 Girls 1 Cup (I didn't make it past the three second mark). I didn't provide the link because now you have to sign-up and become a member of the Web site to watch that shit--pun not intended.