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On Tuesday, February 12, 2002, at 12:11 PM, Wade T.Smith wrote:
> Hi John Wilkins -
>> Memeite is something you spread on toast in the UK. Or is it a meme
>> never hits anything but just burns up in the noosphere?
> What _don't_ you brits spread on toast, anyways...?
We *Australians* eat Vegemite, which is what Marmite is a weak attempt
> _Meteoroid_ is what is out in space. (As 'memeoid' would be in the
> not because there is so much space between our ears, but because of the
> unreachable quality of it....) A _meteor_ is what we see hurtling
> the sky. (Thus 'meme', that behavior-only entity, needs must be seen,
> apprehended, and attended, to be replicated.) And finally, the
> _meteorite_ is what might reach the earth, and be picked up and handled,
> and which, upon examination, yield some data. (Thus 'memeite'- an
> artefact produced by memetic activity.)
Nope, I'm going to make a slightly more serious suggestion here:
Meteor Meme <the entity that is the cause of the following>
Meteorite Memeite <the end result of the cause>
Meteroid Memoid <the observable phenomenon>
Atmosphere Noosphere <the medium in which the entity and its effects
> As for burning up in the noosphere, I think that's what happened to this
> girl I used to date in college....
We used to refer to it as the nowayjosé.
-- John S Wilkins Head, Communication Services The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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