You may have seen memes, gif’s, Instagram pics or Facebook posts with the words, “doggos, puppers, floofs or woofers.” Sound familiar or did all of this just go right over you head? If it did, not to worry, this is 2017 and trends come and go quicker than we can say the word “doggo”. It can be exhausting keeping up with every single new blog post, video, tv show, Facebook status and film, but at least it’s fun to try. The next time you hear your friends using these poochy terms, you’ll be caught up because I am about to fill you in on the pup language of the 21st century.
Where did dog language originate?
According to An Internet Language Written For Love for the Puppers by NPR,
“Some dogs are doggos, some are puppers, and others may even be pupperinos. There are corgos and clouds, fluffers and floofs, woofers and boofers. The chunky ones are thicc, and the thin ones are long bois. When they stick out their tongues, they’re doing a mlem, a blep, a blop. They bork. They boof. Once in a while they do each other a frighten. And whether they’re 10/10 or 12/10, they’re all h*ckin’ good boys and girls. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? If not, you’re probably not fluent in DoggoLingo, a language trend that’s been gaining steam on the Internet in the past few years.”
So you may be asking what on earth is DoggoLingo and why would anyone create this? The Internet is a place for people to complain, laugh and look at pictures of animals, especially dogs. People live for this sort of thing. I know I do.
DoggoLingo, sometimes referred to as doggo-speak, “seems to be quite lexical, there are a lot of distinctive words that are used,” said Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch to NPR. “It’s cutesier than others, too. Doggo, woofer, pupper, pupperino, fluffer — those have all got an extra suffix on the end to make them cuter.”
We did a little digging on reddit and learned these new vocabulary words.
Blop: When a dog pokes his tongue out because he’s tired or forgetful. It’s when a small portion sticks out.
Mlem: When a dog licks their own face or sticks their entire tongue out.
Blep: When cats and dogs stick their tongue out.
Doing me a frighten: Describing a frightened dog
Bork: To Bark in a cute way
Heck: Dogs that are trying to be tough but are just lovable dorks
There are hundreds of other new vocabulary words popping up for dogs daily and researchers believe it all started on the Twitter account, WeRateDogs and the Facebook group Dogspotting.
Both of these dog loving media pages bring in thousands and sometimes millions of viewers. The appeal for this digital media is all about the positive comments, the acceptance of other new dogs and the hilarious pictures and videos that spread over the Internet every day.
So do we really know why people do it? No. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love the new terminology for dogs. I will gladly speak in DoggoLingo as much as I’d like, thank you very much.