life hack

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 22 16:01:30 UTC 2012

Wikipedia has an entry for “Life hack” that presents a claim about the
origin of the term:

[Begin excerpt]
British technology journalist Danny O'Brien coined the term life hack
after polling a group of productive geeks on the details of their work
processes.[4] O'Brien discovered a pattern among these
super-productive programmers: that they devised and used
"embarrassing" scripts and shortcuts to get their work done.[2]
[End excerpt]

Interview: father of “life hacks” Danny O’Brien

Hacking Toward Happiness
By Jeremy Caplan
June 21, 2007 Time magazine,9171,1635844,00.html

On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM, Paul Frank <paulfrank at> wrote:
> ---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------
> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Paul Frank <paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU>
> Subject:      life hack
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> What do you guys make of "life hack," which is not in the OED or the
> Urban Dictionary?
> Paul
> Paul Frank
> Translator
> German, French, Chinese => English
> Neuchâtel, Switzerland
> paulfrank at
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list