The Grammar of Memes


In the current age of information, the average person can be expected to spend a significant amount of their day on the internet-whether it be social media, checking work e-mails, catching up on news, etc. As a result, it is almost impossible to not come across memes (Pronounced /mēms/) on a daily basis; however, these silly images that we almost mindlessly like and share on Facebook for a quick laugh have a far more profound implication about the English language and its grammatical standards than we may realize.


Take for example the “doge” meme: It may be difficult to see how a picture of a shiba inu became one of the most recognizable images on the internet, but there is one major driving force behind its popularity and that is that the “grammar of doge” violates the standards of English. We find “very disagreement” and “such unsure” funny because we know how it’s supposed to be written, but we like that we are willingly breaking the rules but to know that we are breaking the rules we must first have an understanding of said, and our intentional neglect of those rules while retaining the ability to express a message from one person to another may imply that the English language is likely changing and phrases like “such a nice person” will be replaced with “such/much nice” in the near future.

The following is an article which discusses in detail the factors which make these memes so captivating, as well as the validity of several interpretations of how to even pronounce the word “Doge” from several linguists and English scholars.

Grammar Of Doge


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