Definition: Excessive dog talk.

Sample usage: “Scout’s not too barkative, except when a rabbit crosses the lawn; then he decides he should warn North America.”

Popularity: This will be picked up by people who love special words for our puppers (like “puppers”). “Barky” is a good word when you’re apologizing to a neighbor about Rover’s noise. “Barkative” is what you’ll use when you’re talking to your dog — who, of course, understands everything you say.

 

JAMES LILEKS

 

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