Washington Nationals outfield Bryce Harper had a fantastic 2015 season, hitting .330, with a league-leading 1.109 OPS, blasting 42 home runs, and recording 99 RBIs and 118 runs scored.
But all of that baseball talent doesn’t necessarily make one Internet-savvy, especially when it comes to knowing how to pronounce the word “meme.” In the standard pronunciation—correct me if I’m wrong—it rhymes with “team” and “seem.” That, however, is not how Harper says it, and in the process, he might have turned himself into one.
Twitter users immediately weighed in with their opinions of Harper’s interpretation.
I can't criticize Bryce Harper's pronunciation of "meme." Showing that you're not some degenerate internet addict like us is a GOOD thing.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) November 20, 2015
I have always pronounced meme "me-me." I don't feel bad about that.
But I don't understand how Bryce Harper gets to "meh-meh."
— Sean Kennedy 🗞 (@SeanDKennedy) November 20, 2015
Listen, I may not be able to hit 42 HRs in a season but at least I can pronounced "meme" correctly, BRYCE HARPER.
— Leftover Cheezus (@LeftoverCheezus) November 20, 2015
And the ultimate question.
@TomFornelli how does he say .gif?
— Your Favorite Karl (me) (@jokastrength) November 20, 2015