The only way to explain the reaction to Merriam-Webster’s year-end bulletin that “doggo” was one of the dictionary’s “Words We’re Watching” is to use another colloquialism: Twitter lost its damn mind.
It wasn’t the first time Merriam, the hippest dictionary that ever was( sorry, Oxford ), incorporated internet-beloved words into its corpus; it lately added definitions for the terms “troll, ” “woke, ” and “hashtag.” Nor was it the first time social media reacted strongly to such a move( insure: the Great “Shade” Elation of 2017 ). But for the prestigious lexical arbitrator to acknowledge doggo’s place and popularity was a win for practitioners of “DoggoSpeak, ” a specialized vernacular used primarily in memes extolling the cuteness of dogs.( DoggoSpeak includes fun-to-say made-up words like doggo, pupper, flufferino, and doge. You likely don’t have to be fluent to translate, though NPR did a thorough deep-dive on the vocabulary .)
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