See my note here (on my love of words) as explanation behind my need to post a definition here.
from the Oxford English Dictionary:
A cultural element or behavioural trait whose transmission and consequent persistence in a population, although occurring by non-genetic means (esp. imitation), is considered as analogous to the inheritance of a gene.1976R. DAWKINSSelfish Gene xi. 206 The new soup is the soup of human culture. We need a name for the new replicator, a noun which conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. ‘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… It should be pronounced to rhyme with ‘cream’. Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches.1976New Scientist 9 Dec. 619/2 A rational person who hasn’t acquired any variety of the God meme described by Richard Dawkins.1986Canad. Jrnl. Zool.64 1576 Congruence of the patterns of morphometric and cultural evolution in these islands suggests..that the differentiation has been influenced by a colonization history involving restricted gene and meme flow between archipelagos, subsequent drift, and possibly founder effects.1993Wired Feb. 132/2 I’m not sure what happens to such a culture when radical Maoism is replaced by the far more seductive meme of Western consumer culture.1998D. BRINHeaven’s Reach 27 On all other dimensional planes, memes could only exist as parasites, dwelling in the host brains or mental processes of physical beings.
- It seems that everyone has a Bucket List these days. Here’s mine.
- On a related note, I’ve seen many people do some version of 100 in 1001. My variation of this is 80 in 800.
- I’m also blogging the (30) Days of Music challenge.