[Ads-l] Doxing/doxxing antedatings

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 29 18:13:54 UTC 2015

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> The archives of 4chan are an obvious place to look for the earliest
> instances of the verb form dox, but apparently the archives are not
> accessible (or have been erased). The 4chan entry (of the sometimes
> reliable Wikipedia) refers to "lack of data retention" and quotes moot
> saying "The site has no memory." Wikipedia states that some data was
> given to the FBI in 2010.
> Intelligence agencies, police, lawyers, and miscellaneous websites
> have probably saved 4chan threads.

For more on the evanescence of 4chan threads (maddening for meme
researchers), see the Winter 2011 installment of "Among the New
Words": <http://bit.ly/ATNW86-4>.


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