blep

[blep]

What does blep mean?

Who's the chonky boi doin' a blep?

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In the internet slang of DoggoLingo, a blep is when an animal, often a dog or cat, has a portion of their tongue hanging out of their mouth.

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Examples of blep

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Examples of blep
hello good morning / i wanted to grace your feed with my dog mid blep / have a nice day i love you 💖
@jesttothenines, March 2019
A blep might even be breed-specific. Persians, which have been bred to have flat faces, might dangle their tongues because they lack the real estate to store it.
Jake Rossen, Mental Floss, May 2018
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Where does blep come from?

Cute Burmese Cat / YouTube

DoggoLingo is an internet slang that shows affection for animals, especially our pet dogs and cats, with cutesy misspellings and onomatopoeia, among other features. A small dog? More like a smol pupper.

How about when the tip of a pet’s tongue plops out? That’s a blep. A blep is not a full-tongued pant. Nor it is a chops-licking mlem–that’s another DoggoLingo sound effect, usually reserved for when a dog or cat licks their nose.

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Blep might just be the pinnacle of adorable things our furry (or scaly) friends can do. Starting in 2014, blep was the name of a subreddit dedicated to pictures of cats bleppingImgur and Urban Dictionary both discussed blep—and their close cousin, mlem—in 2015.

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While it appears to have been originally associated with cats, blep spread to all sorts of adorable animals as DoggoLingo spread in the late 2010s.

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And oh, why do animals blep? It might be to “taste the air” to gather more information about their environs, according to a slew of articles on the blep phenomenon in 2018.

Who uses blep?

In need of a dose of cuteness? Search blep or #blep on social media. The term is widely used as a comment, caption, or title to various images and videos of animals blepping online.

Now, DoggoLingo purists will insist upon a distinction between a blep and a mlem. The former, they will maintain, is when a part of the tongue is stuck out, as if inadvertently. The latter is a lick, usually a quick, intentional one of the nose or mouth.

For extra adoration, use blep in a DoggoLingo sentence: My cat is doin’ a blep!

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