9 Engineering Memes That Helped Shape 2019

Here are 9 of the greatest engineering memes of 2019.
Christopher McFadden
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Psst, are you after some great engineering memes? Then here are 9 of the very best quality memes for your delectation. 

Be sure to use them sparingly, we don't want to dank them do we? 


What is Meme short for?

The term meme has become commonplace within the English lexicon, but where does it come from? As it turns out the term "meme" is a shortened version of the Greek word mimema.

It means, roughly translated, as "something initiated". 

Another interesting piece of trivia is that the term was first coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins devised the term as an attempt to explain how information spreads throughout cultures. 

Its use to describe the memes we know and love today first appeared in a 1994 issue of Wired in an op-ed written by Mike Godwin

What is a dank meme?

You may, or may not be familiar with the term "dank meme". But it has come to be most commonly used to refer to a piece of content, like a meme, becoming incredibly popular, losing its impact in the process.

"Dank meme refers to viral internet content that, due to overuse or passing trends, has lost its value or currency. It can also refer to exceptionally unique or odd memes." - Dictionary.com

While the term "dank" can be used to refer to something of excellent or high quality, its association with things like memes tends to mean it is passé or clichéd.

It has, for all intents and purposes, missed the cultural Zeitgeist. That being said, it can be used as a complement for a meme too.

It sort of depends on the intention of the person using the term. Confused? You are not alone. 

What are the best engineering memes of 2019?

So, without further ado, here a 9 of the finest quality engineering memes from 2019. Since the meme-ecosystem is a highly fertile one, you'll forgive us for not including many other great memes from the past year. 

It would take a literal eternity to review and rank all of them!

1. The Lion King plus WD40 = Perfect engineering meme

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We'll kick off our list with this fantastic piece of meme-craft. The classic WD40-Duct Tape decision flowchart engineering meme is great in and of itself, but this upgrade takes it to the next level. 

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Not only is this meme pretty cerebral, but dark humor of this nature is right up an engineer's street. Bask in the glory of this fantastic engineering meme that really did make 2019. 

2. Does anyone believe what is written on a CV anyway?

best engineering memes 2019 cv lies
Source: skills4life/Reddit

Here's a meme that you can probably relate to at any point in your engineering career. Surely no one actually tells the truth on those things, do they?

Just talk yourself up they said. A resume and CV is your chance to really sell your talents. They'll never check anyway, right?

But after reading a headline like that, you might start to panic yourself! Just keep walking...

Only joking of course. Never lie on your resume or CV (or at least don't get caught). 

3. That feeling after building a flatpack

best engineering memes 2019 ikea
Source: precocious_pakoda/Reddit

This fantastic meme is relatable to anyone who has ever completed a DIY task, ever. But for engineers, the expectation for you to be really good with your hands ups the ante somewhat.

That being said, some of those flatpacks can be tricky. Especially when you need to jerry-rig a solution because you lost some of the screws, again!

But it is an achievement, pat your self on the back lad. 

4. How do you pronounce asphalt anyway?

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Source: civeng69/Reddit

No degree in any discipline is safe from the students being "playful" with some of the terminologies. While some subjects are expletive-corrupting goldmines, others, like engineering need to make do with the tools at hand.

One term that is certainly ripe for the plucking is asphalt. Don't lie we know you've chuckled about this to yourself at some point. 

All work and no play, as they say.

5. There are lies and then there are damn lies!

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Anyone with even a passing interest in statistics will attest to this great engineering meme. There is a reason that the trope "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics" actually exists. 

Of course, we are being a little sardonic, but with enough tinkering, you can make stats show anything you want. For those who are au fait. with the reality of statistics, this meme is simply divine perfection. 

This meme perfectly sums up the situation (pun intended). Of we are sorry. 

6. Sometimes it's better the devil you know

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Here is another classic meme from 2019 that perfectly encompasses the plight of many engineering undergraduates. But be careful, the grass is not always greener on the other side. 

Engineering might not be the salvation from maths, physics, and chemistry you are looking for. Like the snake you bring into your home to save it, engineering can bite the hand that feeds it!

But since you are already studying engineering, there is no way back for you now! Good luck. 

7. Time on your own is very important

best engineering memes 2019 crying in a cave
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Your time at college is going to be tough. There will be times when you need to find a quiet place to meditate and take stock.

Of course, for many, this will be kept a closely guarded secret. You don't want your peers to see you in moments of weakness after all.

For this reason, it might be worth you actually finding a cave to cry in at times. Better out than in, as they say.

8. Take it easy man, you're getting paid by the hour!

great engineering memes 2019 tire
Source: Fold67/Reddit

There will be many times in your life that you don't really want to work hard. But when you are paid by the hour the incentive to "take it easy" is all the more powerful. 

That's why this great engineering meme simply, and effectively sums up this situation.

But seriously, would this actually be possible? 

Maybe you would like to find out next time a giant tire gets a flat? Afterall its for science right? 

9. A little professional rivalry can never hurt, right?

best engineering meme 2019 rivalry
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And finally, in the spirit of the holiday season, a meme that shows the true fraternity felt between engineers of different disciplines. It is widely known that they tend to get on like a house on fire. 

This meme is proof positive of that fact. Nothing could ever come between them, so long as you don't put them in the same room that is.  

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