|Slang City Mail|
|January 27, 2005|
Slang of the
Week: dooce (verb)
Armstrong is a celebrity for getting fired. In 2002, she lost her job when her employer discovered critical comments about her coworkers on her web log. After her case was discussed extensively on the internet, the name of her site became the most common way to describe this new phenomenon.
On dooce.com, she explains that the word originally came about from her constant mistyping of the word dude (man). It is usually used in passive voice ("he was dooced") and as Heather notes, has the same pronunciation as deuce.
And that earlier word is not so different in its negative meaning. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was a euphemism for “damned” and often spelled like the current slang word. As Lord John says in Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1913 adventure book The Poison Belt, “It's dooced interestin', and no mistake about that.”
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