Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Meme Generation

I have a friend, mid 80’s, with a smart phone. 

She has discovered Pinterest, Facebook and is fairly proficient at texting. 

However, she doesn’t get the concept of memes and believes Gene Wilder has made some very funny quotes. 

She is one fantastic 86 year old!

To be fair, when I first heard the word, I had to look it up. I definitely circle outside the parameter of popular interaction. 

meme |mēm| noun
an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
• a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

However, I am just savvy enough to work Google, Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary, an improvement over my adolescence. 

As a kid, when we were unclear of the definition or etymology of a word, my dad would say, "Look it up and then come tell me what you find out."

One year, the kids chipped on an enormous dictionary set. 

Yep, two large bound volumes of definitions, pronunciations and origins.

The only words I remember ever stumping him on were patina and tchotchkes

Clearly not a fan of home decorating shows. 

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