Doxing

I was rather amused when I walked past this café the other day. It is an example of how the meaning of the word changes – even over short periods of time.

 

“Doxing” is a neologism that has evolved over its brief history. It comes from a spelling alteration of the abbreviation “docs” (for “documents”) and refers to “compiling and releasing a dossier of personal information on someone.”

And from Wikipedia: The term dox derives from the slang “dropping dox,” which, according to Wired writer Mat Honan, was “an old-school revenge tactic that emerged from hacker culture in 1990s.” Hackers operating outside the law in that era used the breach of an opponent’s anonymity as a means to expose opponents to harassment or legal repercussions.

 

Other examples of culture changing the meaning of the word is

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