Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Word of the Day

The word is "meme" - pronounced like cream. Per Wikepedia, it is "a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, and is transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena." An internet meme is an idea that spreads via the internet, such as a viral video, like David After Dentist and Drinking Out of Cups (dirty words - no link), or the brilliant idea to give Mississippi State a dog that is way too big on its basketball court.

I just learned the word "meme" last week in reference to the Three Wolf, One Moon "3W1M" shirt (see comments). Because the shirt, or the amazon.com listing for the shirt, is a meme, it was also one of my Father's Day presents. I am one of the many people who now own a redneck wolf shirt because of the funny comments about it - and they are funny. According to 3W1M lore, a law student at Rutgers wrote a funny comment, then more people did and it found itself on collegehumor.com. The rest is wolf shirt history.

The comments on 3W1M and some of the "Customers Also Viewed . . ." items are refreshing. There are a lot of truly funny people out there. Now go give Mississippi State a really big dog. I did.

1 comment:

  1. The best part about that poll is the request you "print a copy for your records." Yes, I'm sure someday I will desperately need to prove how I voted in the 2009 MSU Court Design Poll.