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Do You Speak Doggo Lingo, the New, Dog-Centric Internet Language?

Man talking to Dog in Doggo Lingo

The following article excerpt is from an article about Doggo Lingo, an emerging Internet language. The article (“Dogs Are Doggos: An Internet Language Built Around Love For The Puppers”), by Jessica Boddy at NPR, can be read in its entirety by following a link at the bottom of these paragraphs.

“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. The language most often accompanies a picture or a video of a dog and has spread to all major forms of social media. It might even change the way we talk out loud to our beloved canines.

DoggoLingo, sometimes referred to as doggo-speak, “seems to be quite lexical, there are a lot of distinctive words that are used,” says Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch. “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.”

McCulloch also notes DoggoLingo is uniquely heavy on onomatopoeias like bork, blep, mlem and blop.”


What about you? Are you familiar with Doggo Lingo? Have you ever broken into Doggo Lingo in the real world and ended up getting strange looks? Do you talk Doggo Lingo to your pets? Let us know!

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