[Ads-l] hack - trick/secret

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed May 6 21:22:40 UTC 2015

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hack) offers the following 
definitions for "hack":

(colloquial) A trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase 
productivity, efficiency or ease.
     Putting your phone in a sandwich bag when you go to the beach is 
such a great hack.

Twice today I have seen "hack" with this meaning, making me wonder about 
the colloquial label. The Oxford Dictionary site doesn't offer this meaning.

"Dominos, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Sbarro, and Pizza Hut: Which 
Pizza Is Best?"
by Anthony Sulla-Heffinger

I can offer you hacks on how to get four toppings for the price of two 
on your Dominos order and explain to you the difference between Pizza 
Hut’s breadsticks and Little Caesars’ Crazy Bread.

"11 Brilliant Egg Hacks That Will Change Your Mornings Forever"
by Suzy Strutner

The Huffington Post in fact has a section (?) called "Home & Life Hacks" 
at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/life-hacks/.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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