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01 March 2008 @ 09:44 am
Pronunciation Questions  
How is gen pronounced? Is it like the beginning of general (where I supposed to word comes from)?

And also, meme - like me-me or like the word meme?
 
 
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Ash: CSI - G/S (electric moments)ashism on March 1st, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
Yeah I pronounce it like gen (hard g) and mem.
wliberation @ livejournalwliberation on March 1st, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, I would pronounce gen like 'jen' - in other words, like the beginning of 'general' because that's where it comes from. 'Meme' I'm not so sure on, but I would pronounce it as written, with 'e' like in 'end'.
A little to the leftkylegirl on March 2nd, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Richard Dawkins, who originally coined the word meme in a somewhat different context from how it works on the internet today (in his book The Selfish Gene), chose the word meme because he wanted "a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'" He actually specifically says it should be pronounced to rhyme with "cream".

But that was 30 years ago, and the word has taken on some new meanings, and possibly new pronunciations along the way!
Illman: keyboardillman on March 4th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
Wow, that's some interesting information. I had no idea. Thanks!