i was on the phone with my dad discussing ancient technologies and atlantis (as you do) and he used the word meme
and i was just like
"You’re using the original usage and not the internet one."
"I’ve never talked to someone whose done that before!"
Wait theres an original usage
short for memetic (think of how gene comes from genetic)
a word originating in the mid 70s
basically about how some ideas and concepts seem to have a life of their own and spread from person to person and change and adapt and absorb other ideas
so when i say “original usage” I’m still talking about the same thing but instead of abstract ideas and concepts and so on perpetuating themselves through cultures and traditions it’s with internet based memes
the term has become more or less interchangeable with “a popular joke” in modern usage and that’s a pretty cool bit of linguistic evolution