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    "Memey"
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    "Meeeeem"
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    I've always pronounced it as "Memey" but a mate told me it's supposed to be pronounces as "Meeeeem", I dunno it just doesn't sound the same to me haha! What about you???
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    'Meem'.
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    'Meem'.
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    "May-umh"

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    Meem.

    But secretly mimi
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    "miːm"
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    Meme comes from Greek, not French. If it were a French loanword, you would have been correct. To be specific, it's based on part of a Greek word, but it was coined by a British biologist named Richard Dawkins, so it uses English phonetic conventions.

    Loanwords retaining the original spelling is part of why English pronunciation is a mess. Many other languages would have just localised a word like Jalapeno into Halapinyo or something. As things stand, you have to be able to identify a word's origin and know the phonetic conventions of the original language to be able to pronounce half the words in the dictionary properly. At the very least, you need a rudimentary ability to pronounce things in French and Spanish for the great majority of loanwords. Greek and Latin come up frequently as well, but because our Alphabet is Roman, that's not as much of a stretch.
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    (Original post by jeremy1988)
    Meme comes from Greek, not French. If it were a French loanword, you would have been correct. To be specific, it's based on part of a Greek word, but it was coined by a British biologist named Richard Dawkins, so it uses English phonetic conventions.

    Loanwords retaining the original spelling is part of why English pronunciation is a mess. Many other languages would have just localised a word like Jalapeno into Halapinyo or something. As things stand, you have to be able to identify a word's origin and know the phonetic conventions of the original language to be able to pronounce half the words in the dictionary properly. At the very least, you need a rudimentary ability to pronounce things in French and Spanish for the great majority of loanwords. Greek and Latin come up frequently as well, but because our Alphabet is Roman, that's not as much of a stretch.
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    I've always pronounced it as "Memey" but a mate told me it's supposed to be pronounces as "Meeeeem", I dunno it just doesn't sound the same to me haha! What about you???
    you must have sounded like an absolute belljob hahaha
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    (Original post by jeremy1988)
    Meme comes from Greek, not French. If it were a French loanword, you would have been correct. To be specific, it's based on part of a Greek word, but it was coined by a British biologist named Richard Dawkins, so it uses English phonetic conventions.

    Loanwords retaining the original spelling is part of why English pronunciation is a mess. Many other languages would have just localised a word like Jalapeno into Halapinyo or something. As things stand, you have to be able to identify a word's origin and know the phonetic conventions of the original language to be able to pronounce half the words in the dictionary properly. At the very least, you need a rudimentary ability to pronounce things in French and Spanish for the great majority of loanwords. Greek and Latin come up frequently as well, but because our Alphabet is Roman, that's not as much of a stretch.
    Funnily enough, in my experience, Latin-rooted words are barely ever pronounced correctly :lol:

    Also, even knowing that 'meme' is Greek-rooted, I had to look up the Greek spelling, as the thread made me curious to check which 'e's it was written with. And found that neither of the OP's options are correct, assuming you want to keep it pure Greek: mee-ma.
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    Me.
    Me.

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    Depends on your accent.
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    Like the Arabic letter for M! So meeeem
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    Always meem.. I once heard someone say memey and was violently sick...
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    it's pronounced 'mey mey'
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    Meem
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    Did you actually use the word meme in real life?

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    Mem
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    Meem memey sounds like something a 5 year old would say.
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    Meeeeem :fluffy:
 
 
 
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