Doge (meme)

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File:Shibe Inu Doge meme.jpg
The image often used for the "doge" meme

Doge (Template:IPAc-en Template:Respell or Template:IPAc-en Template:Respell) is an Internet meme that became popular in 2013.[1][2] The meme typically consists of a picture of a Shiba Inu dog, often with text written in Comic Sans in the foreground. The text is deliberately written in broken English, following the format of "such x", "many x", "very x" and "so x".[1][3] The word "wow" is often used in the meme.[1]

The meme's origin has been much traced back to the Shiba Confessions Tumblr blog.[4]Template:Dubious Pictures on the blog have an extremely similar theme and look to Doge images. The Shiba Confessions blog, and later the actual Doge meme, have both been covered on BuzzFeed.[5][6][7] However, the use of the misspelled "doge" dates back to June 2005, when it was mentioned in an episode of Homestar Runner’s puppet series.[8] In August 2013, images of the meme were spammed on Reddit by 4chan's random imageboard, /b/.[9] A search of the term doge on Google Trends shows an explosion of popularity occurring in October 2013, and more so in the following month.[10] By November 2013, the meme had become widespread on the internet.[11] Google later created a Doge easter egg when doge meme was entered into the YouTube search bar.[12] The meme was ranked #12 on MTV's list of "50 Things Pop Culture Had Us Giving Thanks For" in 2013.[13] Io9 compared the internal dialog of the Shiba Inu dogs to Lolcat-speak.[14] The image most commonly associated with the meme is of a female Shiba Inu named Kabosu, taken from a blog documenting the dog's daily activities.[15] The spelling of doge has several variants, leading to debate on its actual pronunciation.[8][16] On December 13, Doge was declared Know Your Meme's "top meme for 2013" by NBC News.[17]

In July a page for Doge was added to Know Your Meme. As of December 22, with 34 external references, it was still considered a submission, being researched and evaluated.[18]

In December, the Dogecoin was introduced as a new cryptocurrency, making it the first cryptocurrency to be based on an Internet meme,[19][20][21][22][23][24]a viral phenomenon which, along with the usage of comic sans, gave it "the Internet density of a large star."[25]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lamon, James. "Understand the "Doge" Meme In 7 Short Steps". The Bark Post. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. Wolf, Asher (November 7, 2013). "Peake doge, so wow, much analytics". Twitter. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  3. Chen, Adrian (November 7, 2013). "Doge Is An Actually Good Internet Meme. Wow.". Gawker. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  4. Nelson, Sarah C (August 11, 2013). "Doge The Shiba Inu Dog Meme Owns The Internet (PICTURES, GIFS)". Huffington Post UK. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  5. Broderick, Ryan (September 27, 2012). "Shiba Confessions Is Your New Favorite Thing". BuzzFeed. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  6. Mezrahi, Samir (November 14, 2013). "14 Iconic Pieces Of History Made More Wow With Dog". BuzzFeed. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  7. Broderick, Ryan (November 21, 2013). "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Doge But Were Afraid To Ask". BuzzFeed. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wickman, Forrest (November 15, 2013). "How Do You Pronounce "Doge"?". Slate. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  9. Alfonso III, Fernando (August 26, 2013). "4chan spammed Reddit with an army of Shiba Inus". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  10. "Google Trends - Doge". Google. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  11. Moreau, Elise. "Doge Internet Meme". Web Trends. About. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  12. "Easter Egg: YouTube in Comic Sans (Doge Meme)". November 24, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  13. "From One Direction's Abs To Miley's Joint: 50 Things Pop Culture Had Us Giving Thanks For This Year". MTV. November 27, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  14. "We who spoke LOLcat now speak Doge". 
  15. "かぼすちゃんとおさんぽ。". Excite Japan. February 13, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  16. Mashiur, Zoheb (November 17, 2013). "ANATOMY OF A MEME: DOGE". The Daily Star. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  17. "Comic Sans 'Doge' takes bite out of 'Unflattering Beyonce' to win Internet in 2013 - NBC". 
  18. "Doge". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  19. Victoria McNally (10 December 2013). "Dogecoin, A Cryptocurrency For Doges, Is Now A Thing". Geekosystem. Retrieved December 2013. 
  20. John Law (13 December 2013). "Patent Nonsense, Coinbase Futures, and Who’s a Good Doggie? You Are!". CoinDesk. Retrieved December 2013. 
  21. Danny Vega (09 December 2013). "Dogecoin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.". Retrieved December 2013. 
  22. Miles Klee (10 December 2013). "With its own cryptocurrency, Doge has officially conquered 2013". The Daily Dot. Retrieved December 2013. 
  23. Andrew Couts (12 December 2013). "Wow. Dogecoin is the most Internet thing to happen, ever.". Digital Trends. Retrieved December 2013. 
  24. Brittany Hillen (10 December 2013). "Dogecoin digital currency takes on Bitcoin with a bit of meme flair". Slashgear. Retrieved December 2013.