If you’re a regular reader of Blog Log, you probably know Doge, which has replaced the LOLcat as the Internet meme du jour. More than that, though, it’s affecting the English language. Read about that below, plus get intel on a very rude iPhone app, all the horny goat weed the teens are drinking and human emotions. Much bizarre.
“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.” — Gretchen McCulloch at the-toast.net contemplates the language of the doge meme. When doge began, it was dependent on an image of a shiba inu. As it evolved, the meme’s phrases became identifiable on their own because of their linguistic patterns (like “many happy” and “so cat”). “Certain words go well with some words … and when you don’t obey that, things get weird.” Or, rather, things get doge.
“That’s the Apple-friendly way of saying the game is loaded with fart noises.” — Cooper Fleishman at dailydot.com describes a new iPhone app called “My Little AlphaButts” that “reinforces letter shapes with humorous illustrations and hilarious back-end body sounds,” according to Apple. What’s even more strange is that Fleishman’s parents, age 58 and 62, made it. “And I couldn’t be prouder,” he says.
“Pass the glycerol ester of wood rosin, brah!” — Emily Levy at vocativ.com introduces a somewhat serious subject in a pretty hilarious way. Studies show high school students who frequently drink energy drinks, including one called “Crunk” that contains something called horny goat weed, are more likely to abuse alcohol, smoke cigarettes and try drugs, according to an article in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.
“Emo kids everywhere are processing this news with a much more limited scope of emotion than before.” — Alexandra Sifferlin at healthland.time.com posits how brooding teens and Justin Bieber might be feeling about a new study out of the University of Glasgow that shows humans may only have four biologically evolved emotions: happy, sad, afraid/surprised and angry/disgusted.