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:
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.
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”;
(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.
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.