Friday, December 19, 2014
Roger asked about the word hack, which has been prominent in the news since North Korean hackers breached Sony’s computer files. To those outside the avid computer community, it means gaining access to a computer’s content illegally. Its origin was the name of any tool (such as the pickaxe, mattock, or hoe) used to chop things up. While some computer hacks today are incredibly elegant and sophisticated, early attempts were considered crude and hit-or-miss.
· n. A common drudge.
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