Lifestyle Pets Define 'Doggo': Help Merriam-Webster Dictionary by Sharing a Photo of Your Perfect 'Pupper' People across the Internet are helping Merriam-Webster define "doggo" by sending the company pictures of their pets By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 29, 2017 02:28 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty The Internet may be ruled by cats, but it speaks the language of dog, or to be more precise, “doggo.” As the world wide web continues to consume every part of our lives, it has also created a new terminology for man’s best friend. The base online term for a canine is “doggo,” but there are also “puppers,” “floofs,” “woofers” and more. To prove just how far these seemingly goofy terms have come, Merriam-Webster recently tweeted out “doggo” as one of the words they’re watching. According to the company, doggo has roots not in online meme-speak, but in late 19th-century slang where it appeared in the works of Rudyard Kipling. In several writings, Kipling used the term “lie doggo” for another way of saying “fly under the radar.” How he came up with the phrase is a subject of speculation. But it took off! Soon the word “doggo” was appearing in books and crossword puzzles as a term for canines. In 2016, the season of the “doggo” truly began thanks to the Twitter account WeRateDogs, which commonly calls the pups it humorously evaluates “doggos.” Even with all this history, “doggo” is still just a word being eyed by the dictionary as it gains popularity; the tweet didn’t offer an official definition. Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. So, the Internet, the entity responsible for the word’s meteoric rise, decided to help Merriam-Webster out. Of course, Merriam-Webster could always use a little more research. Do you have the dictionary definition of a “doggo” at home? Then share your photo! Who knows, maybe with enough attention your perfect pupper could end up in dictionaries across the world. A doggo can dream.