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Posted: 1/27/2014 10:09:37 AM EDT
I was taken back at the pronouncation of the word "meme" on a recent radio commercial.  The announcer pronounced it as "meem."

I always pronounced it (or read it in my mind) as "mee-mee."

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:10:10 AM EDT
Meem is correct.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:10:49 AM EDT
I thought it was pronounced maymay
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:11:06 AM EDT
Somewhat relevant, how the hell do you pronounce "Doge". Been giving me a headache and I don't have any friends to ask.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:13:57 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Masterbagger:
Somewhat relevant, how the hell do you pronounce "Doge". Been giving me a headache and I don't have any friends to ask.
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Strongbad was the first to pronounce "Doge" a few years ago; it sounds exactly like you think it does (doh-gee)
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:14:20 AM EDT
Properly...
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:14:46 AM EDT
it's pronounced like neckbeard
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:15:42 AM EDT
How do you pronounce GIF?

By god, This is not peanut butter despite what the liberals say!
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:16:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:18:00 AM EDT
Missed the "stupid picture with words" option in the poll.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:18:17 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By TREETOP:
Meme rhymes with Cream.
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Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:21:09 AM EDT
My friend says "maim" and I've been trying to convince him its "meem". Where he got maim from, I don't know..
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:21:44 AM EDT
I agree with meem, but I usually say mee-mee because it's funny.  I'm switching to meh-meh now though thanks to this poll.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:22:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2014 10:24:00 AM EDT by RockSix]



ETA: hijack, now it's a meme thread
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:24:15 AM EDT
I didn't know either.

That's the problem with the internet, you generally don't hear words pronounced, or speak them around people, where you might be corrected if you mispronounce a particular word.

I remember botching: 'plethora,' 'quasi,' and one, or two, others over the years.  I still can can't pronounce 'molybdenum'...disulfide, lol

Chris
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:24:54 AM EDT
from wiki.....





A meme (/'mi?m/; meem)[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-cream-1][1][/url] is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture."[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-2][2][/url] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural
ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to
another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable
phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues
to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-3][3][/url]



The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek µ?µ?µa <small>Greek pronunciation: </small>[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_Greek][mí?m??ma][/url] mimema, "imitated thing", from µ?µe?s?a? mimeisthai, "to imitate", from µ?µ?? mimos "mime")[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-4][4][/url] and it was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976)[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-cream-1][1][/url][url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-5][5][/url] as a concept for discussion of evolutionary
principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena.
Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases,
fashion, and the technology of building arches.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme#cite_note-selfish-6][6][/url]





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Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:25:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By lufthansa:



Strongbad was the first to pronounce "Doge" a few years ago; it sounds exactly like you think it does (doh-gee)
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Originally Posted By lufthansa:
Originally Posted By Masterbagger:
Somewhat relevant, how the hell do you pronounce "Doge". Been giving me a headache and I don't have any friends to ask.



Strongbad was the first to pronounce "Doge" a few years ago; it sounds exactly like you think it does (doh-gee)


I prefer the leonsumbitches pronunciation.  Because his name is awesome.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/doge

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:25:22 AM EDT
Fairly certain the root is from the word theme.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:25:34 AM EDT
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Strongbad was the first to pronounce "Doge" a few years ago; it sounds exactly like you think it does (doh-gee)
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Originally Posted By lufthansa:
Originally Posted By Masterbagger:
Somewhat relevant, how the hell do you pronounce "Doge". Been giving me a headache and I don't have any friends to ask.



Strongbad was the first to pronounce "Doge" a few years ago; it sounds exactly like you think it does (doh-gee)


I always read/pronounce that as dohj, like a martial arts dojo without the second long o sound.  Probably because, in my family we've been referring to the family dog as "the doge," as in "Where'd the doge get off to?"
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:26:21 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By David_ESM:
Meem is correct.
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Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:28:03 AM EDT
I have always pronounced it as "pie-pie."
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 10:28:38 AM EDT
Goodnight.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:02:21 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By HighSeasPoker:
Fairly certain the root is from the word theme.
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Actually comes from "mimeme"  meaning "imitated thing".
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:03:49 AM EDT
Good.



Now for your next question, how do you pronounce "cache"
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:08:24 AM EDT
Here's the etymology...rarely is a word this easy to source.



meme (n.)

   1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene," coined by him from Greek sources, e.g. mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mime), and intended to echo gene.

       We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that 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. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. [Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene," 1976]

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Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:10:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2014 11:11:31 AM EDT by WyattEarp]
I prounce it like them.


ETA: I see I'm wrong.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:11:51 AM EDT
meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeem.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:16:12 AM EDT
So it not mem A?
mem like member, long A sound?

Stupid French
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:17:40 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 40BOY:
So it not mem A?
mem like member, long A sound?

Stupid French
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LOL!

I know somebody who pronounced it like that, "meh-may."  It's definitely "meem."
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:20:45 AM EDT
It's meem.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:23:42 AM EDT
Cream, beam, seam, zheem...meme.

As per the guy's reference above.

Chris
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 11:25:18 AM EDT
Seriously?  It's pronounced "meem"?

This whole time, I've thought it was "mem-ay".

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 12:00:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/27/2014 12:01:30 PM EDT by Abominable]
Whats really weird is if you say "gullible" really slow it rhymes with orange.
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