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A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.

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But what really interests me as a linguist is that doge speak is recognizably doge even when it’s not on an image at all. Let’s take a look at a particularly brilliant example from tumblr, although there are many shorter ones (check out this twitter or this subreddit):

What light. So breaks. Such east. Very sun. Wow, Juliet.What Romeo. Such why. Very rose. Still rose.Very balcony. Such climb.Much love. So Propose. Wow, marriage.Very Tybalt. Much stab. What do?Such exile. Very Mantua. Much sad.So, priest? Much sleeping. Wow, tomb.Such poison. What dagger. Very dead. Wow, end.

In typical tumblr-collaborative fashion, this was written by a different author per line, a full list of which can be found here, but which I omit for ease of reading. It’s recognizably doge, but there’s nary a shiba nor a fluorescent font in sight. Various creative people on the internet have also come up with forms of doge that riff on different aspects of it, such as doge script (based on javascript), dogecoin (based on bitcoin), dogegit or this YouTube easter egg.

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This is way more interesting and complicated than I realized.

The YouTube easter egg is brilliant, too:

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