is “the bird is the word” a meme?
Popularized by Family Guy, instantly receives Family Guy effect because they started it in the first place. O.o
Popularized by Family Guy?
Surfin’ Bird (the song’s name) was been around since the mid-60’s and has been a popular novelty song ever since.
It was also in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.
Family Guy probably re-popularized it if anything.
It’s not a meme.