What is the origin of the word “meme”?

The word “meme” has taken on a life of its own on the internet. Nowadays, it pretty much means funny picture with connotations of using some kind of oft used picture and text. Although the origin of the word was in a Richard Dawkins book where he talks about things that spread through cultural means, and since picture memes were the most popular form of memes out there, the word increasingly took on that connotation.

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