It’s not what’s for dinner.
This week’s meme is actually a term to help us build up to a meme (you’ll see what I mean in a week).
So what on earth is ‘Copypasta‘? Well put simply, its text that is copied and pasted over and over and over again. The term usually refers to a type of ‘trolling‘ (or internet pestering) which involves users bombarding other users with ‘spammy‘ or bad content. Copypasta acts as a vehicle to spam others, and is copied (hence ‘copy’) and pasted (hence ‘pasta’) into forums, on Facebook walls, around 4Chan…basically anywhere and everywhere.
I have sometimes used the term ‘copypasta’ when speaking about mass-emailing before the time of mail merge, where you would have to copy and paste entire pitches over and over again instead of using the more efficient mail-merging software we have now (i.e. Sailthru, Mailchimp, etc).
KnowYourMeme (my favorite site in the entire world) cites the first usage of the term ‘copypasta’ originated in 2006 via 4Chan.
Now that we all understand the meaning of ‘copypasta’ stay tuned for next week, where we learn about one of its offspring, ‘creepypasta’.