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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.


How the Heck Do You Pronounce “Doge,” Anyway?

We’ve been having this discussion in the office for a while now, and since this beloved meme is getting more and more press coverage with the creation and subsequent hacking of the dogecoin, it’s only becoming more and more of an issue. How exactly do you say “doge?” 

From what we can tell, there are five major variants that have been floating around our collective meatspaces. First there’s “Doh-j” with a long O, a soft G and a silent E. This pronunciation is widely believed to have originated with a Tumblr user who submitted a computer-read audio file of a “chose your own adventure” to a site called “Your Daily Doge,” though it’s also been attributed to a 2005 puppet episode of Homestar Runner, in which Homestar misspells “dog” as D-O-G-E and Strongbad corrects him.

However, it’s also the same way that one pronounces the name of the chief magistrate of Venice, so it’s entirely possible that this pronunciation just feels older and more secure to the people who use it. In the interest of full disclosure, this is my preferred pronunciation, probably because I’m also the type of person who uses a soft G in GIF. So take from that what you will.

If you’re a hard-G GIF pronouncer, there’s also the alternate form of the same basic structure…Read more over at Geekosystem.


  • Anonymous

    around my household, this is pronounced like loge,, that section that makes you double-take or chuckle when you are buying theatre tickets.

  • HamsterMasterSamster

    I’m a ‘dohj’ girl. The audio file always makes me laugh.

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    Such informative. Many interesting.

  • AnnaB

    There are over 9000 pronunciations of doge.

  • Anonymous

    I pronounce it to rhyme with “loge” as well. In my head, I equate it with “Douge”, which I heard in The Court Jester, and which I assumed was the feminine of Duke, as opposed to Duchess, which is technically the wife of a Duke.

    King Roderick: Yes. And what about the Douge ?
    Hawkins: Oh, the Douge!
    King Roderick: Eh. Well what did the Douge do?
    Hawkins: The Douge do?
    King Roderick: Yes, the Douge do.
    Hawkins: Well, uh, the Douge did what the Douge does. Eh, uh, when the Douge does his duty to the Duke, that is.
    King Roderick: What? What’s that?
    Hawkins: Oh, it’s very simple, sire. When the Douge did his duty and the Duke didn’t, that’s when the Duchess did the dirt(?) to the Duke with the Douge.
    King Roderick: Who did what to what?
    Hawkins: Oh, they all did, sire. There they were in the dark; the Duke with his dagger, the Douge with his dart, Duchess with her dirk.
    King Roderick: Duchess with her dirk?
    Hawkins: Yes! The Duchess dove at the Duke just when the Duke dove at the Douge. Now the Duke ducked, the Douge dodged, and the Duchess didn’t. So the Duke got the Duchess, the Duchess got the Douge, and the Douge got the Duke!

  • Janna

    Long o, soft g is how it sounds in my head!

  • Important Film Maker

    My girlfriend and I always pronounce it long O, hard G, silent E, so frequently we usually refer to plain old dogs as “Doges.”

  • Not So Young Democrat

    Wow. Such grammar. Much debate.

  • DelveBlue

    Originally I pronounced it like “dog-e” but have switched to “dohj” because I like how it sounds better.

  • Chiara

    I have spent the last few months thinking I didn’t know how to pronounce that because I am not a native English speaker (yeah, I realise it’s not actually an English word, but I thought there might be a “natural” way to say it).
    Anyway, I tend to use the same pronounciation I use for the chief Magistrate of Venice – maybe it’s because I am Italian, but I just automatically read it that way.

  • Stewart Zoot Wymer

    I pronounce it rhyming with “vogue” – also, there’s something strangely alluring about them. I can’t quite explain why, but I find them fascinating for some reason.

  • Anonymous

    Ah good, I always try to learn something every day, however little it will avail me in the future.

  • Anonymous

    I originally thought it was supposed to be a misspelling of “doggy” (dog-e, you see). But now I’m on the “doge as in the title” train.

  • Smilingswan

    I’m a hard G “gif” pronouncer, but it’s definitely a soft G in “doge”. It’s pronounced doh-j, like the Venetian aristocrat.

  • Christopher LaHaise

    Over 9000?!

  • Disqusting

    The Japanese pronunciation is the only correct one: ドゲ (do-ge). Remember Doge is Japanese. :D

  • AnnaB

    OVER. 9000!!!!

  • tonyinabag

    i’m a hard-g guy. mostly because i think of it like, “get along little doggie”

  • MagcargoMan

    Somebody told me you pronounce the “e” after, so I was informed it was prnounced “Dog-geh” or “Doggy”.

  • Anonymous