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Meme(4)

noun; zero derivation
The way that meme is used amongst my friends is essentially as a description of a type of joke that derives its humor directly from the stupidity of the act and usually describes something that would be completely illogical in any other context.
 
Although meme is not technically a word, the use that I have seen in the last year has converted its definition from a relatively older definition that was established in the late 2000s. The original definition described a specific internet joke that was spread widely whose humor relied on knowing the joke or context beforehand which built on either previous memes or any lightly related subjects. The phrases ‘meme’ and ‘dank’ go hand in hand in that a ‘dank meme’ is usually the memes that were the most ridiculous and pushed the furthest away from any conventional usage of a concept. Recently my friends have been using it as a way to create easily repeatable jokes that are only funny if you know how it originated and if everyone involved is willing to go along with the joke. Like if someone did something stupid everyone who knows about/witnessed the action would constantly bring up the action or perform a similar action to mock the original interaction.
Etymology : A conversion or zero derivation of the previous usage of the phrase ‘meme’ to identify a varying class of jokes among friends that mirrors the structure of memes spread through various internet groups.
Source : In regards to running out of a Jacuzzi through snow, “do it for the meme!” (college friends during spring break, 03/2016)
Last modified: 2 December 2016


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