The other day, my thoughts went along the lines of new definitions and those word “fads” so prevalent today. A “word fad” is current slang used mindlessly without an understanding of its definition, and one that will mostly likely will be replaced when a new fad arises.
One of those words that is abused is “hack.” There are hair hacks, cooking hacks, security hacks, and you name it. You see it everywhere. Yet, one definition of the word hack is “to gaining unauthorized access.” Another definition is “to cut with heavy blows.”
Therefore, instead of using the word “tips,” for passing along information – hair tips, security tips, cooking tips – we hack, hack, hack. Take unauthorized access. Grab and run. Rip off. Steal.
Another misused phrase I hear quite often is “I’m going to steal that idea!”
Most often when I hear that statement, it is when someone likes another person’s skills, décor, style, recipe, or what-have-you. Whatever happened to complimenting the person on their décor, style, recipe, or whatnot? And – horrors! – what about asking that person if it’s alright to borrow or use what is admired?
No, that would be too courteous. Instead, it’s always steal, take, swipe, hack, or something just as underhanded and despicable.
Yet, it is the way of the world these days.
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