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Linguistic query 
8th-Jun-2012 01:42 pm
language, voyage
I've encountered two instances recently in two separate conversations of people pronouncing the word "meme" as "may-may". In both cases my interlocutors didn't seem to be aware that the word has a meaning beyond "things that the kids are always posting on their Facebook pages."

Is this just a random linguistic coincidence, or is this a, um, meme?
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8th-Jun-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
I pronounce it "mem" (rhymes with "rem"), but my friend pronounces it meem (rhymes with "seem".) I've never heard of "may-may"--that doesn't make any sense!

Is this to be the soda v. pop debate of our generation?!? ;)
9th-Jun-2012 07:48 pm (UTC) - The Selfish Meme
Biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term, and he pronounced it "meem" (a meme is to memetics what a gene is to genetics). Wikipedia, as always, has something to say about it.
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