Language is defined by it's usage.
Taken to extreme, I've seen serious linguists argue that if a lot of different background non-native speakers make the same mistake when speaking English, maybe they are right and the native speakers are wrong.
Crypto in cryptocurrency still stands for cryptographic and by using crypto for cryptocurrency we are making things harder to understand for eveyone.
Of course language evolves, but I think, given the chance, we should make it easier to understand and not harder.
Unless you want to talk about an „international English“ or so.
But respected native English linguists were arguing that "English does not belong to native speakers"
Is there a reason this argument isn't getting wider airplay? Always felt the same way. Interesting to have it validated by someone who sounds like he's been around the block (pun intended).
The first time I remember seeing it ten years ago was exactly to describe the modern internet phenomenon.
Nice to see Wikipedia still talks about the old meaning, and uses "internet meme" for the newer meaning.