Grumpy old git warning.

What's with this fad of calling everything a "hack"?! Not just in the dev world (though articles like "the 5 greatest Python hacks that will save you time!" grind my gears too.) But no, we've also got "gardening hacks", "life hacks", "recipe hacks"...

Dude, they're just "gardening tips". They're just "useful suggestions". Or in the case of "recipe hacks", THEY'RE JUST BLOODY RECIPES.


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    I always thought hacks as ugly but working solutions-that should be provided officially.
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    @aviophile Sure, I'd agree with that. It seems to have evolved into meaning "general life tip" or "anything at all though". A beautifully presented strawberry cheesecake that takes an hour to make is not a "recipe hack".
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    I remember when a hack was just something you did on horseback
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    everyone want a piece of those cyber monies
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    I think the word hack was around before hacking was a thing..

    "you're a hack"

    "hacking something apart"

    if I were to guess, the word was mostly intended to mean someone or something with inner knowledge or understanding of things but done in a non-standard, often subpar way to achieve a goal quicker. Almost like a cheat or a trick but with real results? not sure though
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    Could always just ride a horse for pleasure...
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    It's just that those content creators are are total hacks at best.
    Click bate works. Spam works. We are doomed for this shit. It's the same with articles/videos that have the year in it and just get changed to 2021 while you can see it's posted on 2018. I mean titles like: "The best ... comparison of 2021"
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    My cat hacked up a hairball.
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    recipe hacks...
    looks like someone writing a makefile
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