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Tuesday, January 4, 2005

If you blog, get ready to play "dooceball"

According to this BBC story (thanks to this WebProNews article that pointed me to it), "This year, "blog" was included for the first time in the US Merriam-Webster dictionary. It entered the Oxford English dictionary last year, reflecting its entry into mainstream language."

A new term has emerged as a result. According to UrbanDictionary.com, to be "dooced" means "losing your job for something you wrote in your online blog, journal, website, etc."

With so many bloggers and readers of blogs it was only a matter of time before there came to be a term that describes your being fired because of what you've blogged about your job (or even your life?) -- from the Friendster engineer to the Delta flight attendant, there's a trail of fired bloggers already.

So if you blog, get ready to play dooceball...my term for what one legal expert calls "dooce dodging"! :)

And more bloggers could be "dooce dodging" in 2005 as employers wake up to the technology, warns legal expert Nick Lockett from hi-tech law firm DL Legal.

There are several very serious legal issues which employers will be increasingly turning their attention to, he says.

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