Meme vs Article - What's the difference?

meme | article |

As nouns the difference between meme and article

is that meme is mother while article is a part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.

As a verb article is

to bind by articles of apprenticeship.



(wikipedia meme)


(en noun)
  • Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another in a comparable way to the transmission of genes.
  • *1976 , (Richard Dawkins), The Selfish Gene :
  • *:Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches.
  • *2002 , Rita Carter, Exploring Consciousness , p. 242:
  • *:Related memes tend to form mutually supporting meme-complexes such as religions, political ideologies, scientific theories, and New Age dogmas.
  • (Internet, slang) Something that is copied and circulated online with slight adaptions, including quizzes, basic pictures, video templates etc. A meme can be a photo or artwork, usually with text, often codified with a distinct white block lettering text on the image. If a particular, standardized image is used, there is a protocol to how it should be used
  • * 2005 , "darklily", OT: Livejournal'' (discussion on Internet newsgroup ''soc.sexuality.general )
  • I do...but my journal is a mess. It's mostly filled with memes and my bitching about a house I am building.
  • *2012 , Greg Jarboe, You Tube and Video Marketing , 2nd edition:
  • *:The idea was to append Keyboard Cat to the end of a blooper video to "play" that person offstage after a mistake or gaffe, like getting the hook in the days of vaudeville. The meme became popular, Ashton Kutcher tweeted about it to more than 1 million followers, and more than 4,000 such videos have now been made.
  • *2013 , The Guardian , (headline), 8 Feb 2013:
  • *:Harlem Shake meme : the new Gangnam Style?
  • Derived terms

    * memedom * memome * memeplex * meme pool * memetic * memetic algorithm * memetic engineering * memetics

    See also

    * culturgen * email forward * replicator




    (en noun)
  • A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.
  • * Paley
  • upon each article of human duty
  • * Habington
  • each article of time
  • * E. Darwin
  • the articles which compose the blood
  • A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=Lee A. Groat, volume=100, issue=2, page=128, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Gemstones , passage=Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are
  • A member of a group or class
  • An object.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles  […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.}}
  • (grammar) A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a'', ''an'', or ''the'' in English). In some languages the article''' may appear as an ending (e.g. definite ' article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Russian, Pashto).
  • A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
  • (derogatory) A person.
  • * {{quote-news, 2001, August 4, Lynne Walker, Classical: Musical portrait of the artist as a young man, The Independent citation
  • , passage="You dateless article ," stormed his father, leaving Bennett to realise in his laconic way that he was, and probably always would be, a disappointment to Dad.}}
  • A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl.
  • (dated) Subject matter; concern.
  • * Addison
  • a very great revolution that happened in this article of good breeding
  • * Daniel Defoe
  • This last article will hardly be believed.
  • (dated) A distinct part.
  • (obsolete) A precise point in time; a moment.
  • * Evelyn
  • This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have had no little influence on the jury and all the bench to his prejudice.

    Derived terms

    * charticle * listicle * definite article * indefinite article


  • To bind by articles of apprenticeship.
  • to article an apprentice to a mechanic
  • * 1876 , Sabine Baring-Gould, The Vicar of Morwenstow ,
  • When the boy left school at Liskeard, he was articled to a lawyer, Mr. Jacobson, at Plymouth, a wealthy man in good practice, first cousin to his mother; but this sort of profession did not at all approve itself to Robert's taste, and he only remained with Mr. Jacobson a few months.
  • (obsolete) To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
  • * 1665 , Samuel Pepys, Diary ,
  • At noon dined alone with Sir W. Batten, where great discourse of Sir W. Pen, Sir W. Batten being, I perceive, quite out of love with him, thinking him too great and too high, and began to talk that the world do question his courage, upon which I told him plainly I have been told that he was articled against for it, and that Sir H. Vane was his great friend therein.
  • * Stat. 33 Geo. III
  • He shall be articled against in the high court of admiralty.
  • To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • If all his errors and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable.

    Derived terms

    * articled clerk


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