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Animals Speaking Bad English


Children often make up their own silly words or even new languages because it is fun. It gives them a secret language to communicate in. The most common way children invent a new language is to give the original word a different type of ending. For example, phone might become ‘phono’ and “eat” might become “eatums”.

However children are not the only ones inventing silly languages. There are lots of grown-ups on the Internet speaking in languages that are just made up! The most recent Internet language is known as ‘Doggo’. The language is mostly used in the ‘Dogspotting’ Facebook group. This is a group for dog lovers to share posts about the dogs they have spotted. The members of the group use Doggo to comment on the Facebook posts about dogs. The fascinating thing about this new Internet language is that nobody was taught how to speak Doggo, yet most members seem to know how to use it. There are certain unspoken rules of the language that all the members seem to follow even though they have never received any formal training or education to do so.

As some people think, cats rule the Internet. The most watched YouTube videos are of cats doing silly things. So it is hardly surprising that Doggo has some feline roots to it. Before Doggo came about, there was LOLcat or LOLspeak, which are actually Internet meme trends involving funny pictures of cats and other animals speaking bad English.

One of the most popular memes features a cat saying, “I can haz cheezburgr” instead of “Can I have a cheeseburger?” In LOLspeak “s” is often replaced with “z” and the sentences are intentionally arranged incorrectly. It also consists of popular Internet acronyms such as LOL (laugh out loud) and TMI (too much information).

It turns out that many people find the idea of animals speaking bad English very funny. As a result, dog is misspelled as ‘doggo’ and the ‘doggo’ Internet meme was born which gradually grew into a cute little Internet language.

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feline – relating to cats; catlike
Internet meme – an image, video, piece of text, etc., usually humorous in nature, that is copied and spread by Internet users
acronyms – an abbreviation formed from the first letters of other words and pronounced as a word
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