Word of the Day – Image Macro

This is one of those words that most people don’t know, even though they know the thing.


The term “image macro” originated on forum websites including that of Something Awful.[2][non-primary source needed] The name derived from the fact that the ‘macros’ were a short bit of text a user could enter that the forum software would automatically parse and expand into the code for a pre-defined image,[2] relating to the computer science topic of a macro, defined as “a rule or pattern that specifies how a certain input sequence (often a sequence of characters) should be mapped to an output sequence (also often a sequence of characters) according to a defined procedure.”

Beginning in 2007, lolcats and similar image macros (a form of Internet phenomena) spread beyond the initial communities who created them and became widely popular.[1]

In other words, it’s one of these …

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2 Responses to Word of the Day – Image Macro

  1. There’s another wrinkle on the ol’ brain.

  2. NotClauswitz says:

    Can’t just listen to it, the flat/folding cardboard device has a specific purpose.