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‘Doge’ is ‘Meme of the Decade’

By The Manila Bulletin Lifestyle


Doge, a meme of Shiba Inu dogs, particularly of one named Kabosu, was voted the ‘Meme of The Decade,’ according to a poll by The Tab.

More than 3,000 people voted from the nominees that include Disaster Girl, Drake Hotline Bling, Woman yelling at cat, Sad dog on the phone, Is this a pigeon?, Concerned man on phone, Moth lamp, Distracted boyfriend, Blinking man, Meryl Streep yelling, Salt Bae, Roll Safe, Nyan cat, Woman confused by maths, Arthur’s angry fist, Overly attached girlfriend, Bone App The Teeth, Chrissy Teigen, Ridiculously photogenic guy, But that’s none of my business, Unflattering Beyonce, Why u no guy, Grumpy Cat, Russian kid in the club, Condescending Willy Wonka, Bad Luck Brian,Galaxy brain, and of course, Doge.

The hilarious female dog won with 22.17 percent of the votes, while ‘Woman yelling at cat’ took second place with 16.16 percent votes.

Since Doge’s rise to prominence in 2013, the meme has been referenced a lot of times in pop culture namely in a feature on John Wise’s NASCAR car, a safety video for Delta Airlines, references from the US congress, a Google Easter egg, and lyrics in songs by Weird Al Yankovic. It is incredibly popular, in fact, that it is the only meme to own a cryptocurrency the “Dogecoin.”

The Tab‘s readers explains: The Comic Sans font was added on Tumblr around the time of the emergence of the iconic photo of Doge, with her bulging eyes and comically menacing demeanor.

Like most internet trends, Doge (said to have been intentionally misspelled since 2005) slowly lost its fame after 2013, but enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity early 2019, forming an internet subculture grounded in non-mainstream political views as well as politically incorrect jokes.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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