The Moment When Memes Came Into Being

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

A meme is an image or video that spreads quickly online, often with accompanying text. It can serve as a form of social commentary or simply be an entertaining way to express yourself. There are many theories on how the word “meme” came to be, but Merriam-Webster’s definition is clear: “a humorous or interesting item (such as a captioned picture) that is passed around and copied, especially via social media or instant messaging.”

From Kourtney Kardashian’s baby announcement to the infamous Met Gala roach, this month has been full of moments that just beg to be meme’d. We’ve also seen Lindsay Lohan return to the big screen and become the spoiled hotel heiress she has always wanted to be, as well as the return of HBO’s The White Lotus and its lovable protagonist Harper.

But the most meme-worthy moment of all might have been the surprise appearance of little Prince Louis at the royal wedding. The internet has since reimagined him as everyone’s favorite scaly fish, making us all nostalgic for the days when we had our own Flounder to snuggle with.

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David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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