the woofer

Some dogs are doggos, some are puppers, and others may even be pupperinos. There are corgos and clouds, fluffers and floofs, woofers and boofers. The chunky ones are thicc, and the thin ones are long bois. When they stick out their tongues, they’re doing a mlem, a blep, a blop. They bork. They boof. Once in a while they do each other a frighten. And whether they’re 10/10 or 12/10, they’re all h*ckin’ good boys and girls.

Are you picking up what I’m putting down? If not, you’re probably not fluent in DoggoLingo, a language trend that’s been gaining steam on the Internet in the past few years. The language most often accompanies a picture or a video of a dog and has spread to all major forms of social media. It might even change the way we talk out loud to our beloved canines.

Dogs Are Doggos: An Internet Language Built Around Love For The Puppers

Illustration: Chelsea Beck/NPR

Editor’s note: In honor of National Dog Day, we’re resurfacing this deep dive into DoggoLingo

Okay but why is no one super excited over Hunk’s favourite animal being a dog? Like???

Imagine him as a kid being promised a dog for his birthday and then waking up to a furry friend on his bed.

Imagine him bringing the dog everywhere and buying her a tonne of accessories and learning how to make dog food because he doesn’t trust consumer brands.

Imagine him going to the Garrison and learning he can’t bring his dog with him, but promising to come back to see her every holiday.

Imagine him bragging about what a good dog she is to all of the other Paladins and promising that the second they get back to earth, he’s going to introduce them all to her. Yes, including Allura and Coran.

Imagine them finally getting back to earth and seeing his family and asking where his dog is. Imagine his mom looking away and his dad telling him she’s outside.

Imagine him going to the back yard. Imagine him finding her kennel is gone. Imagine him seeing the pile of fresh dirt with a homemade wooden slab to mark it. Imagine him kneeling there and crying until the other Paladins come to meet his dog.