i am becoming a historian

a short announcement regarding the linguistics of a meme.

So I know that “I lik the bred” is a great meme and we all love the purposeful misspellings. But I would personally like to clear up something that really.

Really bothers me.

The misspellings in “My Name is Cow” and its sister poems are NOT “hello hooman lol” meme speech. They aren’t ripped from a Doge meme or plastered from some other “bork bork” meme. They are a very specific style mimicking the way words used to be spelled before the English language was standardized; meaning, people would simply spell the words how they thought the words sounded. This meant that some people wrote “Daye” when the word was referring to the word “Day” as in the daytime. It’s how we got weird-ass words like ghost instead of gost and how all of the old writings from that time period are spelled “incorrectly”. Spelling was much more phonetic and much less regulated. So it would very much make sense for the spellings of “wen its nite” and “haf gon to bed” and “I lik the bred” to be spelled that way. Phonetically, it is correct.

If you really want to make a good “I lik the bred” meme, for the love of god avoid injecting Doge meme speech into your poem. It just takes away from the witty, spritely humor of the thing and makes it seem cheesy, childish and overwrought. The only excusable (and actually pretty funny) example I can think of is if you are writing an “I lik the bred” meme in response to a doggo picture or some sort of meme where that speech is regularly used. It’s a sort of homage to the other meme and blends the two, allowing your reader to appreciate both memes at the same time without disruption.

Don’t use hackneyed Doge speech in a Chaucerian verse in your “I lik the bred” poems