Thursday, October 18, 2007


Well I've been reading a few of these on other blogs and have always wanted to do one. So when snoskred posted one to her site and invited any of her readers to partake, I decided to go ahead and do just that. She has a great blog. If you haven't already visited, go and have a look. I love her "thoughts for the day". And reading her posts about blogging and HTML has gotten me trying things I never thought I would try.

The word "meme" is an interesting word. For starters, how do you pronounce it?

Is it "me-me"?

Or "may-me"?

Or what about "me (e as in egg) - me"?

I always pronounce it the third way, using a hard "e" in the first syllable and an "ee" sound in the second syllable.

So I decided to look up the word in wikipedia , the online authority in all things unusual. If you're keen, go ahead and follow the link. I didn't read it all - too over my head and not quite what I was looking for.

So I followed a link from Wikipedia to wiktionary . That even gives a pronunciation - if you can understand it! I *think* they're saying it is pronounced "meem". I think I like my own pronunciation better! LOL. How do you pronounce it?

Here is one of the definitions that Wiktionary offers:

"Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms such as race, culture, and ethnicity."

Are you any the wiser now? No, me either. I'm guessing it has something to do with being passed from one blogger to another and therefore becomes a "repeated action". I don't know. Anyone, feel free to enlighten me here.

Alright, enough with the boring research. Let's get on with the actual Meme.

The Actors Studio 10 Questions Meme -

1. What is your favorite word?

"No worries". I know, that's 2 words. And it's not actually my "favourite" word. It's my "most used" word (okay, phrase). Which is really stupid because most of the time that I use it, it's not even true!!!! Maybe I say it to convince myself?

I also like using the word "absolutely". It has such a strong feel to it.

2. What is your least favorite word?

"Whatever!" My kids use it all the time when they want to dismiss what I'm saying to them. Funny thing is, it's catching and now I use it on them as well. Which *really* annoys them. I don't use it to annoy them. I just catch things really easily.

3. What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?

Worship music

4. What turns you off?

People who are constantly absorbed in their own problems. I'm not talking people who are "sometimes" absorbed by their own problems. I'm talking people who never seem to notice that they're not the only ones doing it tough.

5. What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of the ocean. I could sit and listen to it for hours.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?

My kids fighting with each other.

7. What is your favorite curse word?

Bugger. It always makes me laugh because of the ads. And I guess I view it as a *soft* curse word (if there is any such thing). The funniest thing is that I *caught* it from my DH who hardly EVER uses curse words. He went through a brief phase of using it. I *caught* it and he stopped using it and I not only started, I haven't been able to stop.

When I was a teenager we used to use the names of fruits to *swear*. Because you go to say the "f" word and instead say "fruit". So then we started using apples, bananas and oranges as our own "curse language". Meant we could swear without getting into trouble.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Counselling. I've always liked the idea but one of my year 12 teachers told me that it would completely destroy me. He was right. But now that I'm going through the process myself, I think I'm becoming stronger and it's something I'd really like to try. I really like the idea of helping people.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Secondary Teaching. I always wanted to be a Primary Teacher (I'm not) but the thought of all those teenagers and the stuff we used to put our teachers through..... especially the poor student teachers! I doubt I'd even make it through the student teaching placements to actually become a secondary teacher. I do admire those who do it though.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Heaven does exist! I think it's going to be so awesome that I'll be so happy to be there, words won't matter. :-)

Now I *think* the idea is that I now "tag" people to do this Meme on their own blog.

So I pick








Kin - except that she has already done this so I won't make her do it again. :-)

There must be an easier way to do this than having to visit all of these blogs to copy and paste all the links. HELP snoskred ! If you haven't already done a blogpost on that - I might need you to. LOL.

If I haven't tagged you, it's not because I don't love you (you know I do), it's just taking me forever to copy and paste links. LOL. Plus, I thought I'd better leave a few people to be tagged by someone else. :-)

So, copy and paste the questions below. Answer them on your own blog and then you can tag others (if you want to).

The Actors Studio 10 Questions Meme -
1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?
4. What turns you off?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word? *
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

*If you do not wish to use the curse word on your site that’s ok and understandable - try and find one not so offensive instead, if you can, or alternatively star out some of the letters.


Snoskred said...

If you had a blogroll you could copy them from there - otherwise yeah you do have to visit each one individually. But hang onto the links - I use editpad lite to edit my text files, it is free and wonderful. You can create a file in there and call it links, and save your html - that way next time you can just copy and paste the ones you want. ;)

I also would like to try counseling. I have got such a lot out of my experiences with counselors and psychologists. I always watch Dr Phil because he's incredibly sane about everything. ;)

Adding your meme to the links list - and I'll add the people you tagged if they do the memes as well so they can have a free link too!


lightening said...

Thanks for that Snoskred. You're always a font of helpful information. :-)

Kelley said...

OK, done. :)

And I tagged you right back!!!! LMAO

Come and have a look!

Precious_1 said...

thanks for tagging me!

Anonymous said...

I love your 'fruit' swear words.

When my son was in prep. one of his friends used 'bocconcini' as a swear word and the teacher got really upset. She didn't know it was a cheese.


allybea said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you don't mind me having a good look round yours ;)

BTW Isn't Rhonda Jean amazing?

teachingmum1970 said...

I'll do that meme tomorrow because it looks like a good one. I don't know if I can tag to you or not because I haven't tried it.

Scott said...

Hi Lightening, Still not completely sure what a meme is (I know - you did everything you could!) but I am certainly going to have a go at these questions for tomorrow's post. Thanks!

Frogdancer said...


I know, it took a few days. It was fun.

I've changed my blogger name. See the thread on Simple Savings about being careful on the internet, and you'll know who I am.

lightening said...

Frogdancer - I LOVE your new name. I think it suits you quite well. :-)

Scott - well if you don't get it, what hope do the rest of us have? LOL.

Teachingmum - I'll try to visit soon and have a look at your responses. I'm a bit behind at the moment. :-)

Allybea - thanks so much for dropping by.

Kate - LOL at the bocconcini swear word. It does have quite a satisfying ring to it doesn't it.

Precious and Kelley - I'll visit soon. Still trying to catch up. :-)