…what the word “meme” means…

Ewww…Richard Dawkins!! The world famous atheist/evolutionist coined the phrase in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. Meme is defined as:

  • An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.
  • A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
  • A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); “memes are the cultural counterpart of genes”.
  • Can we find another term for these funny blog-based questionnaires, ladies and gentlemen? Something a bit more creative perhaps? Any submissions?

    Thanks to my dear friend, Christina, for asking for the definition. I would never have guessed…