I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
- Reaction score
- Out of Bounds
The use of the word "hack" to mean any kind of hint or suggestion is extremely annoying! It seems to be everywhere now, life hacks, DIY hacks, you name it, it's got a "hack". ...
This use of 'hack' (of which there are many, derived from different origins) is a spin on 'hacking' / 'hacker' (as in computer coding or intrusion). 'Hacking' originally referred to any creative coding, not just gaming a system to gain access. A 'hack' was a novel bit of code that accomplished something or resolved a problem. Such 'hacks' were recognized as such for their functionality in resolving an issue, not for their sophistication or elegance.
More recently, the derivative version of 'hack' (as you cited above) emerged to mean a novel procedure or tactic making things easier or resolving a minor inconvenience.
In this sense the 'hack' is not the tip or suggestion; it's the useful trick that the tip conveys.