And the Word of the Day for August 18th is…

From Merriam-Webster:

meme + \MEEM\ + noun
: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture

Example sentence:
“Blogs are an interesting way . . . of seeing which ideas, memes, trends and news events are getting the most comment.” (Clive Thompson, quoted in the Sunday Tribune, February 6, 2005)

Did you know?
In 1976, British scientist Richard Dawkins wrote The Selfish Gene, and in his book he defended his new creation, the word “meme.” Having first considered, then rejected, “mimeme,” he wrote: “‘Mimeme’ comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like ‘gene.’ I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate ‘mimeme’ to ‘meme.'” The suitable Greek root was “mim-,” meaning “mime” or “mimic.” Dawkins’s “mimeme” was formed from “mim-” plus “-eme,” an English noun suffix that indicates a distinctive unit of language structure (as in “grapheme,” “lexeme,” and “phoneme”). “Meme” itself, like a good meme, caught on pretty quickly, spreading from person to person as it established itself in the language.

The blogginess spreads.

And, yes, “blog” is one of the stupidest words ever.


  1. For those of you who appreciate particularly vicious and cynical humor……..skate on over to ‘The Best Page In The’ and check out his rant on Blogs, Bloggers, and other related topics. NOT for the faint of heart, or stauch defenders of Bogging! LOL!

  2. One day my friend Dave (an American and a very nice guy) came by and asked me what I thought of ‘weblogs’. I had just come from a job where I was supposed to be a developer but they had badgered me incessantly about writing software to analyze the Apache web server logs to determine how popular our web site was. It annoyed me greatly since I wanted to work on actual useful software… So I told dave I hated weblogs. Totally and utterly loathed them. He was taken aback. I think he has a blog :) At least the word ‘blog’ is not as confusing to me…