The Internet may be ruled by cats, but it speaks the language of dog, or to be more precise, “doggo.”
As the world wide web continues to consume every part of our lives, it has also created a new terminology for man’s best friend. The base online term for a canine is “doggo,” but there are also “puppers,” “floofs,” “woofers” and more.
To prove just how far these seemingly goofy terms have come, Merriam-Webster recently tweeted out “doggo” as one of the words they’re watching.
According to the company, doggo has roots not in online meme-speak, but in late 19th-century slang where it appeared in the works of Rudyard Kipling.
In several writings, Kipling used the term “lie doggo” for another way of saying “fly under the radar.” How he came up with the phrase is a subject of speculation.
But it took off! Soon the word “doggo” was appearing in books and crossword puzzles as a term for canines. In 2016, the season of the “doggo” truly began thanks to the Twitter account WeRateDogs, which commonly calls the pups it humorously evaluates “doggos.”
Even with all this history, “doggo” is still just a word being eyed by the dictionary as it gains popularity; the tweet didn’t offer an official definition.
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So, the Internet, the entity responsible for the word’s meteoric rise, decided to help Merriam-Webster out.
Of course, Merriam-Webster could always use a little more research. Do you have the dictionary definition of a “doggo” at home? Then share your photo! Who knows, maybe with enough attention your perfect pupper could end up in dictionaries across the world. A doggo can dream.