You may have seen it in written text already. In fact, you may already be using it, either verbally or in writing. It's a word that's been growing in popularity to the point it's become one of Merriam-Webster's watchwords. The word is "doggos," and after the online dictionary tweeted it at the end of December it's been catching on like wildfire among dog lovers.
According to the authority on words and their usage, M-W defines the word as meaning "good dogs." Their tweet regarding the word brought a flurry of responses on Twitter from animal lovers and pet owners voicing their approval. But it isn't just worded responses. The tweets predominantly include pictures of dogs of all shapes and sizes doing all sorts of things in all sorts of outfits.
After their initial tweet and the overwhelming response to it, M-W added this on their Twitter account:
Oh no, now our mentions are full of good boys and girls. Whatever shall we do except love every one.
That's when social media followers really cranked up the tweets and shares.
The thing is, doggos has actually been around for a while in regards to good dogs, but since at least 2016 it was apparently added to the public lexicon. Who knows how much longer the playful slang term was bandied about prior to that. Regardless, you know it's officially arrived when it's made its way into a dictionary.
For further clarification, M-W added this to their webpage:
“Doggo has its origins not with good puppers, but with late 19th-century slang. To lie doggo was to stay hidden or to keep secret: to fly under the radar.”
Regardless of how long it's been used or in what context, it's now a good word for good dogs and it's fun to say, and isn't that really all that matters?