The Presidential Reason Fido Became the Default Name for a Generic Dog


Abraham Lincoln's beloved dog, Fido, photographed in 1860. Public Domain

If you're like most English speakers, the first thing you think of when you hear the name "Fido" is, of course, a dog. But why? Join Ben and Noel as they delve into the story of Abraham Lincoln's favorite pooch, and how this little yellow pup became one of the first dog memes.