"Morning Stretch" painting collection 6 by Misha Dontsov
[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.”
This is my favourite part, if I do say so myself. See also the summary doge macro.
It’s cool to watch how language evolves, but I also remember grammatical changes in early internet slang days. You could say something or someone was “t3h haxx0rz.” “The,” and its varient teh/t3h got used in ways that “the” usually isn’t in English, and the -orz suffix doesn’t exactly correspond to anything in conventional English. Early internet slang also mainstreamed a lot of things we take for granted now, like verbing nouns. (I know this has a much longer history, but I think it became notably more prevalent in the days of early internet slang.) I suspect that whoever wrote this wasn’t originally fluent in l33t? Because advanced l33t contained grammatical constructions that didn’t translate perfectly into conventional English. It wasn’t just spelling. There were also memes which had their origins in ESL translations, like “all your base are belong to us,” the grammar of which people would emulate (for example, taking someone’s cake, “all your cake are belong to me.”)
Similarly, lolcat played with grammar, with constructions like “I can has” rather than “can I have?” That’s the most obvious one, but I remember there were sentences in lolcat where nothing was spelled differently yet they were obviously lolcat.
It’s funny to say that we’re moving away from variant spelling, as “doge” is in itself a variant spelling, either of “dog” or “doggie” depending on who you ask. Internet slang has always been a mix of changing grammar and spelling/pronunciation, much like all in-group slang throughout the ages.
Reblogging again for commentary. I thought about this after having reblogged it for the first time, but then kinda forgot about it…
there it is the most important moment in sailor moon
magicaleaf: Larry Carlson, 2014