[Ads-l] "Doxing": new to me, though

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 26 08:03:30 UTC 2015


I'd be inclined to say the gerund/participial form I've seen the most would be "doxxing" with two x's, but as a verb I'm not sure which one feels more natural.

> On Jan 26, 2015, at 02:55, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 1:25 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>> "'Doxing' is not new. The term dates back to 2001 and the hacker group,
>> Anonymous."
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>> https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/01/doxing_as_an_at.html
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> I'd be interested in any evidence of the term going back to 2001.
> Anonymous originated in 2003, according to Wikipedia, so the claim
> seems a little fishy.
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> When we looked into it for "Among the New Words" (AmSp, Fall 2014), we
> only traced "dox(ing)" back to 2010: <http://bit.ly/ATNW89-3>. In the
> Twitter archive, I now see the verb "dox(x)" as early as 9/09.
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> dox:
> https://twitter.com/Happehwalrus/status/3968919217
> https://twitter.com/Frostieicp/status/3966335243
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> doxx:
> https://twitter.com/WWPThreads/status/4072534788
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> The earlier form "drop dox" goes back at least to 2008.
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> --bgz
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