As passionate Shiba Inu fan bois and fan girls, we all know what a Shiba Inu Doge is.
We also know Shibez, Shibes, and Shiberinos.
But what about all this popular and new dog "speak"?
Well, according to a recent in-depth article published by NPR, this dog speak is called "Doggolingo".
Doggolingo is a unique lexicon that describes some dogs as doggos, others as puppers, a couple as woofers, boofers, floofs, and boy, do they all know how to bork and blep.
If it sounds like a completely new language, you’re not mistaken. DoggoLingo, also known as “doggo-speak,” is trend that has been gaining a lot of recognition.
Usually, you will see DoggoLingo incorporated in social media, such as in doge videos, memes, or captioned Instagram pictures.
Unlike LOLCat, in which the words were taken from the cat’s mouth or mind, DoggoLingo is supplied by people who love dogs but wanted something more adequate for describing what said doggo was doing (or thinking).
This fact may help explain why this current trend is spreading so quickly - actual humans are using this language to communicate to one another - not just the "doges."
Two great examples of social media accounts that use a heaping helping of DoggoLingo would be the Twitter account WeRateDogs, which as over 2.5 million followers, and the Facebook account Dogspotting, which has over 635,000 members.
In fact, Dogspotting is so popular that since the account started, almost any post generates a new term, such as “loaf,” meaning a big Corgi, or “fat boi” into the DoggoLingo vocabulary.
Some memes have left their marks on the community.
For example, according to Knowyourmeme.com, there is a phrase in doggo-speak that is “doing me a frighten.” It has been around since late 2015 and first showed up on a picture where a little Rottweiler pupper shocks its parent with a bunch of borks.
The big doggo replies, “Stop it son, you are doing me a frighten.” Now, any pupper can do another a frighten, even with just a well-placed "mlem."
Also it's "doing me a frighten" everyone. pic.twitter.com/Qh37xibzyF— Prescription Cat (@DodgingPylons) May 15, 2017
But the history goes beyond 2015 when we include the onomatopoeic sounds like bork, mlem, blep, and boof.
Floofy comedians like Gabe the Dog have lent many borks to the world of DoggoLingo.
Others include Jurassic Bork, The Bork Files, Imperial Borks, and the Doggos of the Borkribbean.
How to Use Doggo-Speak With Your Own Shiba Inu Doge
So, you want to use some pawesome slanguage around your Sheeb, yeah?
After all, it was the Shiba Inu Doge that seemed to ignite this whole new world of dog language with the popular Shiba Inu memes from a few years back..
First, keep in mind that DoggoLingo is basically founded upon onomatopoeia.
Anything that sounds like something a dog would do, like booping one another on the head, blepping, and the like are free game.
Who knows, you might even introduce a new sound just by watching your "Doge" Shiba Inu scoot around and bork, scritch, and skitter.
The other thing you need is the endless list of cute epithets--doggo, woofer, pupperino, fluffer, woofer--to make the cutesiness of your pup go into borkdrive.
For example, you might have heard of a cat’s paw pads referred to as "squish beans."
The same applies to the sparkly sniffer on your pupper.
DoggoLingo also takes morphological features from prior internet meme-speak.
For example, "big doggo," “thicc” and “long boi” are clearly taken from social media. “Smol” is another example.
Note that misspellings of words are popular.
I mean, why would a dog or cat care about whether a word is spelled correctly or not as long as their cuteness is elevated, right?
But you might also see this as an unintentional mistake, such as when people write a breed name, like Shiba Inu, for example, as “sheeba enoo” or “sheba inu.”
That is one thing DoggoLingo doesn’t tolerate -- a misspelling of doge names!
You can, however, give breeds newer, cuter names. One time I saw a Golden Retriever breed nicknamed as “Doofus Woofer” or a Corgi called a “corgo.”
Then an Afghan Hound was a “Long Woofer,” a swimming mastiff was a “Sub Woofer,” and a growling Leonberger was a “Heckin’ Angry Woofer.”
Finally, once you get down the basics, you can start incorporating verbs. Similar to LOLCat, which said things like “I are crying cuz I are out of focus!” and “Im in ur foldur, keruptin yr flyez,”
DoggoLingo also makes bizarre verb conjugations.
You’ll often see things like “he’s doin’ a snooze/sploot/mlem,” or “such passion, much tender.”
Of course, trying to do this in any other language than English might yield interesting results, but it wouldn’t be the same!
The Glossary of DoggoLingo Terms
Here is a glossary of the most popular DoggoLingo terms so you can start using doggo-speak like a pro.
And remember, Sheebs are Floofs, mm’kay?
- Big Doggo -- A very big or portly dog.
- Boof -- a verb for when a doge is preparing to make a bork. It’s something like a sneeze or huffy sound the doggo does before about to give someone a frighten or actin’ a good boy. Example: Check out this woofer boofing at the squirrel outside.
- Boop -- to affectionately touch with a paw. Example: He just booped my snoot.
- Bork -- a misspelling of “bark.” Not to be confused with a boof.
- Blep -- the moment when a doge’s tongue is peeking just a little bit out of their mouth, as if they are sticking their tongue out at you or have forgotten it exists. Example: Met this blep today. 13/10 didn’t seem to like me that much.
- Blop -- the same as a “blep.” However, “blop” seems to have a more positive connotation to it. Example: Check out this long boi makin’ a blop. He’s one hungry doggo.
- Doge -- a dog. This term was originally used to describe a Shiba Inu in the infamous Shiba Inu doge memes. Now, “doge” generally refers to Sheebs. See also: Doggo, Woofer, Pupper, or Pupperino.
- Doggo -- a dog, especially a very good boy or girl (read as “all dogs”). It is important to note that while a doggo can be any dog, it typically refers to a dog of medium or large size. Interestingly, “doggo” was popularized by Australians, who love making contractions by adding “o,” such as “deff” to “defo.”
- Floof -- a very fluffy dog, like a Pomeranian, Shiba Inu, or Pekineses.
- Fluffer -- similar to “floof,” except this can also apply to any kind of fluffy animal.
- Heckin -- often seen as h*ckin. This is how good bois swear or how to swear when talking about a doggo. Heckin was coined by the WeRateDogs created Matt Nelson and is now a widely used and accepted swear word.
- Mlem -- the sound a dog’s tongue makes when they are licking their chops or the tongue is hanging all the way out of their mouths. This is not the same as a gentle blop.
- Pupper -- the contrasting term for “doggo” in terms of sizing. Pupper is meant for puppies or dogs of a smaller size. There is actually a very educational Reddit thread on the size differences between doggos and puppers.
- Smol -- a misspelling of “small.”Snoot -- a doge’s nose. Usually used when a doggo has a larger snout.
- Sploot -- when a dog lays on their belly and the hind legs are wide open. Example: Look at that pupperino doin’ a sploot. Very comfy, much breeze.
- Woofer -- the largest of all doggos. A Woofer is usually a Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, Mastiff, or something similar.
Whew! Quite the list, eh? Turns out, there are more DoggoLingo words out there, but it's up to you to unearth them!
Or, as mentioned before, you can always create your own. After all, no one is going to understand your baby speak like your own fuzzy butt companion.
DoggoLingo is a fascinating phenomenon that is definitely here to stay.
Just think, in 50 years from now, words like Doge, Doggo, Heckin, and Sploot may very well be in the Webster’s Dictionary.
No one would know they originally came from memes!
Hopefully, this has given you an educational look on this dog-based slanguage so you too can fluent in doggo-speak.
Let us know your experiences with DoggoLingo or if there’s a word you would like us to include in the list!
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