The Disappeared: Slackoisie

It was never clear to me how it got there, but somehow it did.  The Urban Dictionary included a definition for a word created by Dan Hull, and one of my favorites:  Slackoisie.

It’s gone.  For reasons that are none of your business, I went to find it yesterday, and it wasn’t there.  Like it never happened.

The cache of the Urban Dictionary remains, and so it lives on in the secret ether for those who know where to look, but for anyone who might cruise the Urban Dictionary in search of a definition, they will come up empty.  Here’s what it used to say:











Slackoisie


(1) Attorney 1, “OMG, like I got a job at (insert name of any law firm) and they expect me to work like a hundred hours a week. I did not go to (insert name of law school) to work all the time.”

Attorney 2, “Stop being such a slackoisie, and appreciate the opportunity you have! There are tons of people graduating law school who would love to have a job doing (insert type of law practiced at Attorney 1’s law firm).”

(2) Anyone who posts on “JD Jive” or “JD Underground”;

or

(3) Those attorneys doing document review work who want to make money, but do not want to work the long hours at low pay found at most small firms. Having a job and making money are more important to a slackoisie than serving clients interests or professional development.
I was never thrilled by the definition, as it failed to attribute its creation to Hull, and called this place the “simplejustice” blog.  It was also a substantially underinclusive definition, as it was never meant to be limited to lawyers, but to a generation of entitled narcissists.  I would have changed it, if I could figure out how, to note that Hull invented it, though I popularized it.  I take credit for that.  I never could figure out how to edit the definition.

But now it’s gone.  Click on it and you’re informed that the word “isn’t defined yet,” with a link to input it again. 

I’m really bummed that it’s gone.  It’s a great word.  It’s a spectacular word.  It makes it’s point, and it’s made the round.  People use the word, besides me and Hull.  It’s working its way into the vernacular.  And it pisses off the Slackoisie to no end, which means that it’s serving its purpose.  What more could one want from a word?

I thought about re-inputting it into the Urban Dictionary, this time with proper attribution, some shameless self-credit, and a more comprehensive definition with better examples.  But it felt wrong.  Being responsible for its popularity, it’s too unseemly for me to promote the legitimacy of Slackoisie as a word. Yes, I know that the Urban Dictionary isn’t Funk & Wagnalls, but it’s better than nothing.  I started the process, then stopped.  If the word is for real, someone else should do it.  Some one else should want to do it.  Some one else did it before.

But why did the Urban Dictionary delete it?  It was there a long time, and then it was gone.  Who killed it?  Why?

Part of my problem, so you know, is that this was a flashback to Wikipedia.  There was a time when I was included in Wikipedia, under trial lawyers, with a short biography.  I don’t know how it got there either, but I was kinda proud that somebody thought enough of me to put it in there.  And then, one day, it was gone.  No clue why, but it was gone.  It’s like I was there, and then I was gone. That hurts.

Wikipedia has an entry for Above the Law.  Simple Justice doesn’t.  Like it never happened.

18 thoughts on “The Disappeared: Slackoisie

  1. Kathleen Casey

    I looked up the Urban Dictionary entry after you mentioned it in a post. I think last weekend. All I did was read it. Doubt I killed it.

    BTW I had wondered how to pron. it.

    Maybe you’re listed in the Urban Dictionary now and not Wikipedia.

  2. Anthony DeGuerre

    SHG,

    As a millennial attorney (2004 law school grad) I am familiar with the Slackoisie. Lucky for me, I had the privilege while in law school to clerk for an outstanding real estate attorney who had practiced for more than 30 years. In the few years I worked for him, I learned the value of integrity, professionalism and client centered lawyering.

    The first time I heard the term “Slackoisie” was when I learned of your blog last year. Like other slang words I am unfamiliar with, I went to Urban Dictionary to find its meaning, and found a definition wanting. After reading your blog for several months, I put together the definition based on your use of the term and my own experiences with the Slackoisie. It is indeed a great word!

    I gave credit to Dan Hull, added the tag “Web Marketer” and resubmitted the word for review. We’ll see if it reposts.

  3. Catherine Mulcahey

    Q: What do you call a person who knows that Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia can be edited anonymously by anybody at any time but still regards them as a legitimate source of information?

    A: I don’t know, but if you make up a a word for it you can get it posted on Urban Dictionary until someone deletes it.

    I checked Urban Dictionary a few minutes ago. Slackoisie was still missing, or perhaps missing again.

    I have a family member who is preslackois. She expects her every need to be met with no exertion of effort on her part. She probably wouldn’t delete your entry from Wikipedia if she disagreed with you, but she certainly can be disruptive when she isn’t getting her own way. I’m hoping her attitude will improve next week when this member of Generation ZZZZ turns 8 months old.

  4. Ed.

    By the way, I see that the word blawg, which you use to describe Simple Justice, is listed in the Urban Dictionary, with a definition by LegalEthics.org

    Ironically, perhaps, it’s a shameless plug for the Legal Ethics web site and blawg, and a shill for blawg mugs, t-shirts, and magnets offered through Urban Dictionary.

    blawg

    buy blawg mugs, tshirts and magnets
    Musings relating to law in the form of a weblog.
    LawyerEthics.org includes a blawg.

    Personally, I’d rather have a Simple Justice t-shirt. Be careful what you wish for, Scott. You might find that you are less-than-satisfied with another “Slackoisie” definition on the Urban Dictionary.

  5. Anthony DeGuerre

    The revised definition was rejected. I wasn’t given a reason, but upon reviewing Urban Dictionary’s submission guidelines, they set forth “Don’t name your friends. We’ll reject inside jokes and definitions naming non-celebrities.”

    I further revised the definition without reference to either Dan Hull or Scott Greenfield and we will see if it re-posts.

  6. SHG

    Not having seen your definition, it’s difficult to venture a guess, though it’s similarly difficult to understand why reference Dan Hull or I would present a problem.  A perpetual problem at the Urban Dictionary is the submission of “words” that refer to someone’s girlfriend as “the most beautiful girl in the world” or someone’s enemy as “the ugliest man in the world.”   I would be very unhappy with a definition that did not credit Hull for his invention of the word, however, and would strongly urge you not to re-submit it without giving Hull credit.  Having it included, but either ill-defined or unaccredited, would defeat the point.

  7. Anthony DeGuerre

    I just received notice that the revised definition will be posted in the next few days. I will attempt to add proper credit once it is published, though this may have been the reason the initial definition was removed.

  8. SHG

    Ironically, I signed up as an “editor” and was able to approve (though not edit) your definition.  If you are able to edit it once posted, perhaps you would run it past me to work out some kinks beforehand?  There are some aspects of the definition which could stand improvement.

  9. Ron Coleman

    Look, you win those coveted ABA 100 honors year after year after year… bitter guys like me are gonna gun for you.

    Especially if you put up the badge.

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