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04 January 2005

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Jeremy

If you haven't had a chance to read the Dooce blog, check it out. Her whole story is an interesting read, and she does give the background on her firing.

Neville Hobson

Thanks Jeremy.

Ah, so that's where the term came from. I've heard of Heather Armstrong/Hamilton, who runs the dooce blog, but didn't connect the word with her.

So naturally I've been thinking: How did this word and its meaning come about? Clear explanation on the dooce site (http://www.dooce.com/), of course:

How do you pronounce DOOCE and where did that word come from?

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.

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