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trope |trəʊp| noun a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression. both clothes and illness became tropes for new attitudes toward the self. my sense that philosophy has become barren is a recurrent trope of modern philosophy. perhaps it is a mistake to use tropes and parallels in this eminently unpoetic age. • a significant or recurrent theme; a motif: she uses the Eucharist as a pictorial trope. ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek tropos ‘turn, way, trope’, from trepein ‘to turn’

as opposed to memes: meme |miːm| noun 1 an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means. 2 an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations. DERIVATIVES memetic adjective ORIGIN 1970s: from Greek mimēma ‘that which is imitated’, on the pattern of gene.

Common misunderstands in abuse

• confusion of tropes and memes, when people are talking about memes are really talking about tropes and the distinction is important.

Overview of the framework and a broad description of its use


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a trope is an assemblage is a strange attractor.

Supporting artefacts

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