Friday, March 27, 2015

"Hack"ed off

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the term "hacks"?  Really, it drives me nuts.  Like so many things, people have taken a word, a very simple word, and turned it into something that means nothing like what the word originally meant.

Thoughts on different ways to do things are not "hacks".  They could be tips, or suggestions, or ideas.  They may even be procedures or directions!

The thing is, I don't understand why anyone would want some brilliant idea that they came up with called a "hack" since the vast majority of the definitions of the word carry negative connotations.  I would rather that if I devise a new way of accomplishing some goal, people refer to it in a complimentary way instead of a derogatory one.

Then there ate the oh-so-annoying clickbait articles that beat you over the head with the word.  "10 AMAZING KITCHEN HACKS THAT WILL SAVE OODLES OF TIME!"  or "5 UNBELIEVABLE DO IT YOURSELF HACKS!"  Most of the so-called "hacks" in these articles are things that have been around for a long, long time.  Sure, some are handy tips, but a lot are really just kind of dumb.

No one really takes anything seriously that has the word "hack" in the title.  They just don't.  So if you really want to get your ideas across, then just don't go there.  Just don't.

There you random rant of the night.  Guess it kind of hacks me off.  But now I've gotten it off my chest and can get back to important things like scrolling through Facebook or playing SW:TOR.