National Memo Day

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Welcome to the intriguing world of National Memo Day! Get ready to jot down some interesting facts, put pen to paper, and celebrate the power of the written word.

When is Memo Day?

It's national memo day on the 21st May.

The Art of the Memo

What's a memo, you ask? Well, my inquisitive friend, it's a handy-dandy written communication tool used in offices, schools, and organizations to convey important information (or sometimes just to politely ask someone to stop microwaving fish in the break room).

Memos have been around for ages. They are like the postal service of the corporate world, delivering messages and memos-randums from one person to another. Just imagine a tiny envelope with a gold seal, except it's all digital now. Sorry, no wax seals here! That's so last century.

A Trip Down Memo-ry Lane

So, how did National Memo Day come about? It all started when some wise soul realized that memos, the unsung heroes of office life, deserved a day of recognition. The exact origins of this national day remain a memo-ry mystery, but it's safe to say that someone, somewhere, had enough memo-ry power to make it an official observance.

On May 21, 2018, memos took the internet by storm with a whopping 819 online mentions. Talk about a digital memo frenzy!

Memo Fun Facts

Did you know that the world's longest memo was a whopping 1,280 pages? It's true! With that many pages, someone must have been really memo-tivated.

History behind the term 'Memo'


Invention of the interoffice memorandum

In 1949, the term 'memo' originated with the invention of the interoffice memorandum. It was a written communication that was used within an organization to share important information among employees. The memo was typically brief and to the point, serving as a quick and efficient way to distribute information.

Late 1960s

Widespread use of the memo

During the late 1960s, the memo gained popularity and became a common form of communication in offices and businesses. With the advent of typewriters and carbon copies, memos could be produced in multiple copies for distribution to different departments. This helped in streamlining internal communication and disseminating information efficiently.


Memo culture in government organizations

In the 1970s, memos were not limited to private businesses. Throughout government organizations, memos became an integral part of the bureaucratic process. They were used by officials to communicate policies, directives, and decisions to their subordinates. The memo culture solidified as a means to maintain records and ensure effective internal communication.


Memorandum as a symbol of bureaucracy

By the 1980s, memos had acquired a reputation for being bureaucratic and formal. The excessive use of memos and their rigid format contributed to the perception that they were a symbol of red tape and inefficiency. This perception led to a gradual decline in their usage as alternative forms of communication, like email, started gaining popularity.

Present day

Transition from paper memos to digital communication

In today's digital age, the term 'memo' has evolved to encompass various forms of written communication, including emails, instant messages, and digital memos. The traditional paper-based memos have largely been phased out, with digital communication platforms providing faster, more flexible, and environmentally friendly options. However, the term 'memo' continues to be used in a broader sense to refer to any concise written communication within an organization.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's longest memo was a whopping 1,280 pages?


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First identified

21st May 2015

Most mentioned on

21st May 2018

Total mentions


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