The history of the meme

The biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term ‘meme’ in 1976 to describe ideas that are copied from brain to brain. The term was not widely used until the internet caused memes to become viral in the 1990s.

I was thinking about this a couple of days ago when two young students of mine had no idea that the @ and # symbols existed with other uses prior to the advent of the internet.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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