We’ve Actually Created An Entire Language Devoted To Dogs

It’s time to learn about and expand your doggo vocabulary.

By Erin Kirkpatrick

Would it surprise you to learn that there’s an entire language devoted to dogs?

Watch out, Merriam-Webster! We’ve got some new additions for you.

Yup. We’ve traded in the term “dog” for cuter, more interesting alternatives. We’ve even gone so far as to name their actions (i.e. sticking their tongues out and licking their lips). Say hello to doggos, woofers, corgos, puppers, mlems, blops, and bleps!

This language, known as “DoggoLingo” or “doggo-speak,” has gained some serious attention online and in real life. You’ve likely crossed paths with it when perusing the Internet for your daily fix of cats and dogs. Look closely at the captions attached to those pictures or videos you watch (while you’re supposed to be working) and you’ll see doggo-speak! In contrast to memes where animals are doing the talking themselves, DoggoLingo is all about how humans talk about animals. Some of the terms can also be applied to cats!

I think it would be extremely helpful to give you (and me, let’s be honest), a crash course in this pet-centric vernacular, don’t you? We’ve picked out some of our favs.

Prepare to be educated.

1. THE BLEP

The “blep” occurs when a pet shows the tiniest amount of tongue. We’re pretty sure that cats partake in this peek-a-boo tongue display to get the attention of humans. It looks like it’s up to humans to start ignoring cats. Yeah, like that will ever happen.

Credit: reddit / @Bartolomez

2. THE BLOP

Hello, tired dog. Have you ever been so tired that a portion of your tongue hung out of your mouth? Well, that’s what a “blop” is. Some dogs really need their 20+ hours of sleep to function.

Credit: reddit /@chopandscrew

This language has flourished thanks to characters like doge and Tuna as well as online presences like Facebook’s Dogspotting (thought to be where “doggo” started).

Credit: YouTube / Behind The Meme

We also have to give humanity a pat on the back for integrating this terminology into their everyday lives and social posts. Odds are, you’ve heard or read at least one cutesy doggo-centic words this week. You’re reading this, aren’t you?

3. THE BOOF

Boof = bark + woof. It’s a revolutionary name, isn’t? It’s like a bark with a little more oomph. Who knew there was more than one name for the sound a dog makes? Next time I ask my nieces, “What sound does a dog make?” I’ll have to remember that “woof” isn’t the only correct answer.

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4. THE MLEM

Most animals love to lick their lips, stick their tongues out, and lick each other’s faces. The “mlem” is a 24/7 activity for dogs. If you’re an expert at timing photographs, you might just capture the exact moment a “mlem” occurs.

Credit: Instagram / @stella.bo.bella

5. CORGOS

I’ve decided to start calling them “toast butts,” in hopes that the pet community will embrace it as the newest addition to the pet vocabulary. “Corgo” is a cuter name variation of the Corgi breed. Pssht. Like they needed any help being cuter.

Credit: Instagram / @drewbertcorgi

Funny enough, most of the doggo-speak terms that live and breathe in places like Dogspotting or other pet community hubs are actually born on those very same pages.

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Members of the community come together and participate in word creation. For example, one user might refer to their beloved corgi as a toast butt — this isn’t a common term…yet — and a new term is (potentially) born.

6. BORK

Wait! There’s another term for the sound a dog makes? After listening to this clip of “Careless Bork,” you will truly understand the meaning of this wonderful new word. If you’d rather not listen, a “bork” is high-pitched bark.

Credit: YouTube / Arf

7. FLOOFS

We’ve included a double-whammy in this photo. It’s a “floof” who is “mlem”-ing! Any tiny long-haired dog with some seriously voluminous fur is a “floof.”

Credit: Instagram / @nicomaem

These terms still have a ways to go before they’re inducted into Merriam-Webster, but who really knows if it’ll shake out that way? In order to be eligible for dictionary-entry, a term must be “used in published, edited work over an extended period of time.”

Welp, that settles it!

There’s no doubt in my mind that “doggo” and other doggo-speak terms originating from memes will:

  1. find their way onto dictionary pages.
  2. outlives all of us and our pets.

I know we love using these terms and all, but did anyone check to see if our pets even like their newfound names? Sorry, doggos…