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On Nom Noam

Defined by Urban Dictionary as an “onomatopoeical adjective based on the sound emitted when something is ‘oh so tasty,’” OM NOM NOM is a classic Internet meme whose ancestry traces back to Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster who would utter “OM NOM NOM NOM” typically through a mouthful of (delicious) cookies to express his satisfaction. It has been adopted by varied online communities who stamp Cookie Monster’s phrase, often in bold block typeface, on any image or action that evokes unfettered gluttony. A lesser known emerging branch of this meme involves the prominent linguist, philosopher, political critic Noam Chomsky.