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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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A little to the leftkylegirl on March 2nd, 2008 02:27 pm (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 10:00 am (UTC)
Wow, that's some interesting information. I had no idea. Thanks!