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To hate the use of the term "hack" for (usually shit) "tips"

(31 Posts)
TeaCake5 Thu 23-Feb-17 15:17:12

What is it with newspapers and articles calling everything a "hack"?

Unless it is an article about hacking a computer it is a stupid phrase.

KermitRuffinsTrumpet Thu 23-Feb-17 15:19:51

I agree YANBU

PurpleDaisies Thu 23-Feb-17 15:21:20

It annoys me to a degree to which I accept is irrational.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Thu 23-Feb-17 15:22:40


StealthPolarBear Thu 23-Feb-17 15:23:56

Or worse life hack.

IateallthePies654 Thu 23-Feb-17 15:24:13


EyeStye Thu 23-Feb-17 15:24:24

I posted exactly this thread about a year ago, everyone agreed, we know the DM read MN so why are they still doing it hmm
Even MN posts articles about fucking hacks

ThoraGruntwhistle Thu 23-Feb-17 15:24:28

Life hacks are used by people who also never talk, but banter instead.

FlyingElbows Thu 23-Feb-17 15:24:30

A hack is a type of show horse or going out for a ride. Anything else is just wrong.

troodiedoo Thu 23-Feb-17 15:28:06

Agreed. I also dislike it when people say they hacked someone's social media account. No, you just knew the password anyway or went on their phone while they went to the loo. Not hacking!

KondosSecretJunkRoom Thu 23-Feb-17 15:30:26

Oh, I quite like hack and life hack grin

A hack sounds a lot quicker and efficient than a tip or worse a top tip.

TroysMammy Thu 23-Feb-17 15:33:04

Bloody Daily Mail uses this phrase and type of articles time and time again. It is a shit paper with journalists who like an easy life. And their spelling is atrocious.

TeaCake5 Thu 23-Feb-17 15:35:08

They are always on the "paid outbrain" ads on ALL newspaper sites.

Always shit stuff - like "starbucks hacks" that are actually rubbish bullshit anyway and US focussed and if you asked for in your local starbucks in Lichfield you would be met with blank stares.

KondosSecretJunkRoom Thu 23-Feb-17 15:37:45

Hold on, just before this shit gets serious, I'd like to point out I don't read the Daily Mail. It's all fun and games until you get slandered by association.

spaghettithrower Thu 23-Feb-17 15:53:41

YANBU - really irritating and smacks of writers trying to be "cool".

dailydance Thu 23-Feb-17 15:55:48

YANBU. It's very annoying and totally incorrect usage of the word

TeaCake5 Thu 23-Feb-17 18:33:09

glad to see I'm not alone

RedBugMug Thu 23-Feb-17 18:37:28

a hack is to use something not for it's original intended purpose, but nowadays it's wrongly used instead of tips.

highinthesky Thu 23-Feb-17 18:37:57

Isn't it an American invention? Hence not a real word in English


MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Thu 23-Feb-17 18:40:33

I agree with you completely unless we're talking Ikea hacks in which case you're wronger than a wrong-tailed thing of wrongness from Wrongsville.

TeaCake5 Thu 23-Feb-17 18:43:03

hey? whats an Ikea hack? How not go to ikea without punching your partner or something?

StealthPolarBear Thu 23-Feb-17 18:49:51

What Is a Starbucks hack? Tap your nose and wink and you get a free muffin?

StealthPolarBear Thu 23-Feb-17 18:51:19

Redbug I can kind of seethe logic then if the 'hack' is along the line if "wear your tights over your face, then you can rob banks with no one recognising you"

RedBugMug Thu 23-Feb-17 18:54:09

well, the hack is 'wear tights over the face.
the tip is 'obscure your face so you don't get caught'

user1471545174 Thu 23-Feb-17 21:05:18

Urrgh, hack.

I hate "pins" for legs, too.

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