Merriam-Webster Tweeted About the Word Doggo & The Internet Responded Appropriately

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If you're a dog owner (or even just a dog lover), you've probably used the word "doggo" to describe a particularly good boy or girl. The word is so ubiquitous among pet lovers that online dictionary Merriam-Webster has their eye on it.


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As USA Today reports, the online dictionary is "watching" doggo — presumably because they're considering adding the colloquial definition to the word's official entry.

"Doggo has its origins not with good puppers, but with late 19th-century slang," Merriam-Webster wrote in its tweet about the word. "To lie doggo was to stay hidden or to keep secret: to fly under the radar," the dictionary said."The phrase was popularized by Rudyard Kipling, who used it in several of his stories, leading people to believe that it was actually Anglo-Indian in origin."


Naturally, the people of the internet responded to the tweet by flooding Merriam-Webster's mentions with pictures and stories of their own doggos.

And it was good:

While we're not sure whether or not Merriam-Webster will officially include "doggo" in the vocabulary pantheon, seeing as how the dictionary added humblebrag and binge-watch in recent years, we have high hopes!