First of all, The correct pronunciation of the word ‘meme’ is (/mi:m/meem) not meme. A meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture”.
10. The Dress
Yes, the dress. In a scary turn of events, no one could agree on the color of a simple piece of clothing. Some people saw a white and gold dress, while others saw a black and blue frock. It basically led to complete chaos as people couldn’t believe that others might not see what they were seeing. Gosh, what a metaphor for life. May we never be so utterly confounded ever again
9. Netflix and Chill
When BuzzFeed hops on a meme, it can indeed go viral as the phrase Netflix and Chill proved. Chill as a private invite for sex has been in the lexicon for years, but with Netflix tagged on it, the idea of a casual movie night becomes something much more enticing. The phrase Netflix and Chill spawned various lists about what happens to anyone who queues up for Orange Is the New Black but wants to entertain in the boudoir. The mutation of this meme proved its ability to endure when the phrase “[X] minutes into [Netflix or any other activity] and chill and he gives you this look” became the new go-to.
8. Lil Mama Crying
What made this one of the best memes of the year was not that it was the funniest ever, but because it came with a nice dose of controversy. It comes from an interview on Power 105.1 FM’s radio show “The Breakfast Club,” where Charlemagne badgered Lil Mama about her mother dying of colon cancer in 2007. Lil Mama breaks into tears — and thus, somehow, a meme was born that was pretty hilarious if you didn’t know the context. If you did, it was kinda ghoulish, but did that make the meme any less funnier? Lil Mama was a good sport about it despite not having to be, and she shared her own version of the meme on Instagram. So, thankfully, we’re all absolved. That’s how it works, right?
7. Pope Bars
Back in 1990, Madonna had to chant “Strike a pose” to encourage a dramatic stance, but in the days of Twitter fingers, any and every pose can become a meme, dramatic or not. Pope Francis, as it were, often creates poses that make you think he’s about to drop bars. Every few months, the Pope delivers a new pose that can be interpreted this way. But at the end of November, when possibly the best-ever “the Pope looks like he’s rapping” photo surfaced, the hashtag #PopeBars was born.
6. Crying Michael Jordan – Way back in 2012, Michael Jordan cried during his Basketball Hall Of Fame enshrinement speech. In 2015, it resurfaced as basically the face of any type of loss or fail of any sort. Just paste Jordan’s crying noggin’ on top of any victim of unfortunate circumstances and voila, you’ve got this elite meme.