Merriam-Webster is here to honor all the good doggies of Twitter
If you’ve been sleeping on the Merriam-Webster Twitter account, it’s time to wake up. Because the dictionary to end all dictionaries has been pretty consistent in serving up some sassy tea all year — from shading Donald Trump to adding the phrase ‘binge-watch’ to its archives.
They recently released the word they’re “watching” for 2018, and it’s such a cute way to start off the new year: doggo.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 27, 2017
According to Merriam-Webster, the word doggo “saw a meteoric rise in use in 2017 and continues its upward trajectory, as the nation turns its lonely eyes to dog pictures for comfort and some much-needed encouragement to carry on.”
Who could argue with that? BRING US ALL THE GOOD BOYS AND GIRLS IN 2018.
Naturally, puppy-loving tweeters came out of the woodwork to share their enthusiasm for both the word “doggo” (because, come on, who doesn’t love it) and their own doggos.
Charley is the best doggo! pic.twitter.com/PlecjKnvFZ— jane (@thejanegang) December 27, 2017
DJ 🐶 on neighborhood 🚶. pic.twitter.com/roYYJOS9La— Herbert Dupree (@MCHerbieD) December 27, 2017
Adopted doggo. The best kind. pic.twitter.com/KRdi0MH8UH— Mary Ullmer (@PressUnleashed) December 27, 2017
Can you confirm if this is a good boy? Time sensitive. pic.twitter.com/M46cmjWuzc— Shaun Roe (@itszerolove) December 27, 2017
Please say hello to Wolf, fearless rope hunter pic.twitter.com/cq8XYea4hD— Feels of the Nephilim (@stormbeard) December 27, 2017
This is a doggo named Sherlock and he’s suspicious of your intentions. pic.twitter.com/OybIQZWMeE— Jeremy Conrady (@J_Conrady) December 27, 2017
Sherlock the doggo thinks we are all very suspect.
I love my doggo pic.twitter.com/0heG74oNb9— Carolyn (@awsonoma) December 27, 2017
Merriam-Webster handled the influx of dog mentions like a true pro — they responded to almost each and every single doggo personally.
Oh no, now our mentions are full of good boys and girls. Whatever shall we do except love every one.— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 27, 2017
Being that Merriam-Webster is a dictionary site, they explained more of the origin of doggo.
Merriam-Webster also explained the word’s meaning through the decades.
“Doggo has its origins not with good puppers, but with late 19th-century slang,” says the webpage dedicated solely to Good Puppers. “To lie doggo was to stay hidden or to keep secret: to fly under the radar.”
Well one thing is for sure: we need each and every one of these good boys and girls to fly under the radar no more in the new year.