[There is a] general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.”
Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings.
We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional.
In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language. We’ve kept the idea that animals speak like an exaggerated version of an internet-savvy human, but as our definitions of what it means to be a human on the internet have changed, so too have the voices that we give our animals. Wow.
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A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.
This is my favourite part, if I do say so myself. See also the summary doge macro.
SMILIES WITH NOSES FOREVER :-] but seriously. in my final year of college, 2007, I wrote a paper for my historical linguistics class about the evolution of internet chat-speak, specifically the use of rebus and pictogram, and it’s crazy how much things have changed. to me, this current practice shows a generation that is more comfortable with a keyboard, who doesn’t find typing “see you later” a hardship, and who can type “THIS FUCKING I CAN’T I CANNOT EVEN GOODBYE FOREVER GOODBYE I’M DONE” with as much ease as “omfg rofl”
and i’m sure unlimited texts, high speeds and larger data allowances, and the ubiquity of internet access has also contributed. packing more emotion into less space isn’t a priority anymore.