Posted by Bruce Kahl on February 12, 2005
In Reply to: Getting dooced posted by ESC on February 12, 2005
: GETTING DOOCED - "Losing your job for something you wrote in your online blog, journal, website, etc. 'Did you hear Mary got fired yesterday for writing about Becky in her blog? Yeah, she got dooced.' Source: Jennifer, Feb 26, 2004." The Urban Dictionary. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dooced Accessed February 12, 2005.
: "It comes from www.dooce.com, whose owner was, apparently, the first person to ever know this fate." From Naked Translations at http://www.nakedtranslations.com/en/2005/01/000307.php Accessed February 12, 2005. (naked translations -- Stripping a text bare to reveal its mechanisms, its internal logic and its meaning to then transfer it into another language as faithfully as possible while using appropriate terminology and style.)
: ".There are 8 million personal Web logs -- or blogs -- in the United States, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. People write blogs to talk about their day, family outings, dates gone awry and, of course, work. But what might feel like a very personal entry about a dismal workday can mean something quite different to a boss who needs only a search engine to read it.,, Usually the blogger has little protection. 'In most states," said Gregg M. Lemley, a St. Louis labor lawyer, 'if an employer doesn't like what you're talking about, they can simply terminate you.'.And that is happening enough that there is even a word for it -- getting "dooced." Blogger Heather B. Armstrong coined the phrase in 2002, after she was fired from her Web design job for writing about work and colleagues on her blog," Dooce.com. Free Expression Can Be Costly When Bloggers Bad-Mouth Jobs by Amy Joyce, Washington Post Staff Writer, Feb. 11, 2005.
: The question is, why "dooced"? I've e-mail the person mentioned in Paragraph 2 and asked her.
From her website:
I wish there were a more interesting story behind the name of this website, and I've tried for days to come up with something hipper than the truth, but the unhip truth is that the word DOOCE is a result of my horrible typing and spelling skills. I lived and worked in LA for four years, and people in LA like to say the word dude in casual conversation, in business meetings, and from the pulpit. Everyone in LA dudes. When I worked in an office and instant messaged coworkers, we were always typing "dude, no way" and "awesome, dude!" and then it sort of became "right on, doode" and "oh my god, doooooooode." But I could never type it right. I was always typing "duce" and "dooce" and half of a thirty minute IM conversation was dominated by me correcting the misspelling, like, "oops, I meant dooce" and even in the corrections I couldn't type it right. So they all started calling me Dooce. The Dooce. Her Dooceness. Wrapped up like a Dooce!
Dooce is pronounced like DEUCE, not like douche or like doo-chay or dookie. Please don't call me dookie, because seriously, given my personal bowel history, that would be entirely inaccurate.