I was just reading an update from another blog in which the author mentions one of his long-time series characters. I read the character’s name but what popped into my mind wasn’t a character but the face of a pug. The character’s name reminded me too much of the so-stupid-it’s-funny “ermahgerd” meme.
“Ermahgerd” (oh my god) recently popped up on the LOLcats site, and then spread. I don’t think it’s got quite the “legs” of most LOLcat-speak such as “can haz” or “teh internets,” but it made enough of an impression so that when I saw a long word beginning with E and having the same number of syllables as ermahgerd, my brain skipped from book-character to silly-pug-face. I thought my guilty LOLcat addiction was under control.
I suppose it’s a lesson in being careful what you let into your brain. Eradicating silly memes is as hard as getting rid of poison ivy.