Memetic Archive FAQ
The Categorical Imperativenow, explain it to me like I'm a four-year-old
- Fine Print -- The Memechive is a compilation of thoughts and memories transcribed into single phrases. It is based on a list of Google searches that cumulated since November 2006; the archive is a way to provide record and reflection for the author. For the reader, it is mainly intended as humorous entertainment with the search results as the entertainer.
- TFM -- The "--" precedes commentary, "==" precedes definition, "::" precedes elaboration, and ";" sorts search variants. IMG! indicates an image search, VID! indicates a YouTube search, BOM! indicates a Best of Memechive selection. For your maximum enjoyment, set Google to display 100 results per page and turn off SafeSearch.
- EULA -- The views expressed in the archive were not screened for accuracy, popularity, decency, nor sanity. By reading this warning, you hereby agree with all opinions written.
Social Memetic Archive
- Humorous — human stupidity, foolery, mockery, frailty, and other things that make one chuckle
- Political — politics phrases with humor, commentary, or criticism with an antinationalistic tone
- Subcultural — highly contagious or widespread memes and ideas from cultural media
- Relational — relationship, love, the sexes, human bonding
- Philosophical — phrases in psychology, philosophy, and life
- Quotation — excerpted quotes from fictional media and Internet postings
Lingual Memetic Archive
- General — one-liner immutable expressions or writings
- Colloquial — common expressions in informal speech
- Duplex — two-words idiom, and a special type of phrase containing two words most often paired
- Neologism — esoteric ideas, intentional misspellings and puns
- Annoyance — unnecessary, pretentious, deceptive, or blatant misuse of language often by group psychology
- Find — find metatagged information and files
Variable Memechive & Snowclones
- Parody — popular phrases that can be parodied by replacing its original wording. The most variable form of the phrase is leftmost, followed by original-word variants in lower case (Predictability Rank 1)
- Formula — generic phrasal templates from established idioms or conversational patterns. The capitalized variables often have at most one word results (Predictability Rank 2)
- Question — introductory or transitional phrases followed by elaboration. Some phrases are related to the Fill in the Blank category, but are placed here because they have more than one filler word (Predictability Rank 3)
The Found Manualtell me everything
- Search protocol -- searches are intended to give diverse results, so filters are often used to remove repetitive or irrelevant results (e.g. lyrics)
- Setup of parodied phrases -- consider "all your base are belong to
us", this phrase has two essential mutable words, "base" and "us". The entry
for that phrase will normally have three search variants, one with both
mutables replaced by wildcards (*), and two with either mutable be
Variant 00: "all your * are belong to" -"all your base" -"belong to us"
Variant 10: "all your base are belong to" -"belong to us"
Variant 01: "all your * are belong to us" -"all your base"
Variant 11: "all your * base are belong to us
Theoretically Asked Questionswhat the faq is this?
- Why are some months only partially filled and some entirely missing? The archive looks incomplete! -- The Memechive is sourced from an old search log; the latest entries you see are those not in the log already. Very popular phrases are added anyway in incomplete months. When time permits, the earliest logged phrases will be processed to the archive, but it will take a long time.
- Why do only some entries have definitions or comments? -- Adding them takes more time; for now the inclusiveness of the archive is more concerned.
- Why are you using the passive voice? -- [No answer was given]
- How were the phrases collected? -- They were either remembered from idle thoughts or internal monologues, or recognized from writings anywhere. The criteria for inclusion is foremost its popularity (number of results), and secondly its recognizability to the author. So even if there are phrases very embedded in pop culture, it would not be added if it is unknown to the author.
- What is the reason for the Lingual Memechive? English idioms are already well compiled by linguistics authorities. -- Mainly, this archive serves as a personal record, but it would help those learning English by seeing examples of how the phrases are used live.
- I don't like the ideas you included in the Social Memechive! -- If it is because those ideas oppose your beliefs, then realize how many others hold that same idea in the search results. You are not asked to accept the ideas, but you are suggested that such diverse beliefs exist.
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Last Modified: 2009.03.03
Published on Monday 10 November 2008 by Drant