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Internet Meme

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Internet Meme
What is an Internet Meme?
Internet Meme /'mi:m/
an idea, style or action which spreads from person to person via the Internet
in the form of an image, hyperlink, video, picture, website, or hashtag #
can also be a word or phrase
spreads via social networks, blogs, direct email, or news sources
Examples
replying to a joke by writing, "LOL!"
posting a photo of people in public places lying down planking*
*planking - a staged photo which involves lying face down with arms to the sides in unusual public spaces, photographing the scene and sharing the image online
uploading a short video of people dancing to the Harlem Shake*
* Harlem Shake Internet meme, a video in which a group of people perform a comedy sketch accompanied by the song "Harlem Shake", was replicated by many people. In February 2013, thousands of "Harlem Shake" videos were being made and uploaded to YouTube every day.
Okay,
now you have
an idea what
an internet meme is...
Basically, it can be:
a word
a phrase
an image/picture
a video
a gesture
a hasthag #
...
...which spreads from person
to person
via the Internet.
Let's have a look at some of the popular words & phrases which spread as Internet Memes...
FAIL
Definition
used to point out a person’s mistake
also used as "epic fail" – complete and total failure

Origin
most likely originated as a shortened form of “You fail it”, a grammatically incorrect “game over”
message from the late-'90s Japanese
video game Blazing Star:

Examples
Harry:
"I can't believe I just embarrassed
myself in front of all those people by
tripping and falling off the stage during my lecture today..."
Tom:
"Yeah, that was such an
epic fail
, dude!!"

SWAG
Definition
a type of style or presence that shows confidence and is sometimes interpreted as arrogance

Origin
most likely originated from “swagger”: how one presents him or her self to the world (the way they walk, talk, dress)

Examples





often used ironically in image macros
YOLO
Definition
an acronym for the phrase “you only live once”
often used as a hashtag (#) on Twitter to bring attention to exciting events or excuse irresponsible behaviors

Origin
popularized in 2011 after being featured in the hip hop single “The Motto” by Drake
shortlisted for the 2012 English Word of the Year

Examples
Matt:
"Hey i heard that you broke ur leg falling off the balcony at that party"
Tom:
"Ya but hey
YOLO
"
YOLO parodies
&
Anti-YOLO campaign
the word’s popularity & its use have been criticized
YOLO has been used
rather ironically
FRIEND ZONE
Definition
relationship in which one member
wishes to become romantically involved while the other
would like to be friends only

Origin
1995 episode of the American television sitcom Friends titled “The One with the Blackout”: Ross waited too long to act on his feelings for his friend Rachel and was running out of time to be able to change their friendship into something romantic

Examples
Friendzone Johnny
an image macro series: screenshots of a photo from a teenage girl’s Facebook page showing a boy in a doorway with a flower bouquet who showed up at her place at midnight with flowers and she was “so blessed to have such great friends.”
Friendzone level 99
FOREVER ALONE
Definition
a comic character that is used to express loneliness and disappointment with life

Examples
She didn't answer my phone call.
FOREVER ALONE
.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
Definition
an expression which signals that the speaker is willing to try completing a difficult task
phrase often associated with the illustrated comic character (on the right)

Origin
began as a catchphrase for the character Barney Stinson in the television sitcom How I Met Your Mother
Examples
Teacher:
This essay cannot be done the night before.
Student:

Challenge Accepted.
Those were just a few examples of Internet Memes you can come across on the Internet, especially on web sites such as:
Facebook
,
Twitter
,
Tumblr
,
4chan
,
Reddit
, etc.
Find more Internet Memes at
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes

Sources:
knowyourmeme.com
www.wikipedia.org
www.urbandictionary.com
www.youtube.com
www.twitter.com
www.facebook.com
How to use Internet Memes?
in posts on social networks

in texts
in tweets
when posting a picture
on chat
and so on...
But...how does a word or a picture become a meme?
Watch this story of "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" to find out!
For more
Internet Meme
examples,
check out this video:
Definition
the act of placing one’s face in one’s hands, or “facepalming,” is a gesture of nonverbal-communication that expresses dismay and is often a reaction toward someone’s momentary lapse of logic, judgement, or memory
usually written *facepalm* in an online conversation to demonstrate an action

Examples
Today I locked my keys in my car. Again.
*facepalm*
FACEPALM
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