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Category:Memes and terms

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What is a meme

A meme is a miserable pile of secrets, or anything that is used and reused beyond it's life expectancy. Formal meaning for meme is "A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another." There are continued disputes that the idea of memes on 4chan is no more, but the continuing proliferation of old memes and creation of new ones makes this claim dubious at best.

Some memes are deliberately created, these are often called forced memes, especially if they fail to catch on. Some are borrowed from other sources, usually 2chan and 2ch). Many memes come about entirely by accident. Major "GETs" on /b/ are a common source of memes, and the vast majority of 4chan's new memes originate from /b/.

Despite 4chan's memes being a defining element of the board's culture, the mods often seem to find them annoying. The term itself was coined by the evolutionist Richard Dawkins, and its correct pronunication rhymes with "gene" ("meem"). "Mem" is also an alternate pronunciation. If you pronounce it "mim", you're a newfag. If you pronounce it "meemee" or "mehmeh", you're a faggot.

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