The Origins and Popularity of the Doge Meme

Wow. Such Easy

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You thought the internet was ruled by cats? Think again. Doge was one of the biggest internet memes to hit it big on the web, and it's just as weird and hilarious as ever.

What Is Doge?

It's worth knowing that doge is a misspelled version of the word dog. The online world isn't quite sure how it's most accurately pronounce, but here's a YouTube video that some people have consulted to solve the pronunciation problem. Even if you pronounce it differently in your head, it's fine. It's a silly meme, after all.

The doge meme itself consists primarily of one specific photo of a Shiba Inu (or "Shibe" for short) lying on a couch with its eyes focused suspiciously to one side. In general, for this meme, any photo of a Shibe will do. It seems like Shiba Inu's always find themselves at the orgin of memes, just like in the 'What in tarnation?' meme.

Most meme creators use image-editing software to place the Shibe in other photos, or they paste its face onto other characters, people, animals or objects. Text with strange wording and erroneous grammar is added in funky fonts and colors

The added text is supposed to reflect the Shibe's inner thought process about the world around it. Its most popular text phrases include:

  • Wow
  • Such (as an adjective)
  • Very (as a noun)
  • So (as a noun)
  • Many (as a noun)

Simply fill in the nouns and adjectives with whatever fits the subject of the photo, and your doge meme is finished. Wow. Such easy.

Where Doge Came From

You may be wondering where the doge meme came from and why it's spelled that way. Lucky for us, the Know Your Meme website has most of the answers to these kinds of questions. According to Know Your Meme, the earliest noticeable misspelling of the word dog as doge was in a 2005 Homestar Runner puppet show video. It wasn't until years later, in 2010, when the misspelled word was mentioned on Reddit.

It seems that the doge trend grew quietly through the end of 2012 and took off on Tumblr in 2013. This particular photoset Tumblr post (with over 170,000 Tumblr notes) may have spurred some of the doge-trend virality. During this time, more Tumblr blogs, subreddits, and 4chan threads about doge popped up. By November 2013, it was full-fledged doge-palooza.

Where Can I Find More of Doge?

The doge meme is huge on Tumblr. You should look there first before anywhere else. Simply type "doge" in the search bar or check out the doge tag URL

The #doge hashtag on Instagram has more than 3 million posts, as well.

Of course, when in need, Google is always your friend. Search for "doge" and check out some of the recent images in Google Image Search to get a glimpse at the best doge masterpieces that have pleased Google's search algorithm.

How to Make a Doge Meme

If you find doge as funny and strange as the rest of the web, you might be inspired to make your own hilarious doge meme.

If you have image-editing skills, go ahead and start putting doge into every photo you have on your computer. The more ridiculous, the better.

Typically, you can use the word "wow" twice or more for extra emphasis, and remember to keep it all in Comic Sans font. Some talented people even take the whole process a step further by creating doge GIFs.