An Internet language, also referred to as doggotalk, woof, bork, and dog-speak, that is created from word conversion, meme lexicon, and onomatopoeia. Emerging in the 2010s, DoggoLingo is implied to be a dog’s own idiom, and is presented as what humans have long believed goes on in the canine brain.
DoggoLingo appends various diminutive suffixes “-o”, “-er”, “-ino” to existing English words (e.g. dog turns into doggo, pup turns into pupper, bark to bork) as well as DoggoLingo words that have been created (e.g. pupper turns into pupperino, bork turns into borker). DoggoLingo also relies heavily upon onomatopoeia: Words such as blep, blop and mlem describe the action of a dog sticking out its tongue; bork, boof, woof describe the various canine barking sounds. A dog with a fluffy coat may be called a floof or a fluff. DoggoLingo follows a similar rudimentary style to create its verbs (e.g. doin me a in place of present participles, such as doin me a scare “scaring me”) and adjectives (e.g. heckin in place of degree modifiers such as extremely). Some words also come from eye dialect spellings of English words, such as fren “friend”.
The exact origin of DoggoLingo is unknown. Various social media accounts such as WeRateDogs (Twitter), Dogspotting (Facebook), as well as social news aggregation and imageboard websites like 4chan, Reddit, or Tumblr have aided in popularizing its use by consistently using or hosting content that uses the lingo on their Internet pages.