How did the term "hack" come to be used to describe a DIY project?


There are many other definitions for the word "hack;" many of them having a negative connotation. I would not want any project of mine described as a "hack"!

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  • William William on Mar 02, 2019

    So many definitions for hack. Depends the context and time period. To cut,like with an ax. Cab drivers were hacks. 1700 and 1800's ruthless politicians were hacks and so on. Modern times computers are hacked. Meaning someone breaks into your computer, pad, phone and steals or changes settings. That taken into projects...taking something and changing it for another purpose other than it was meant for. Dresser into vanities or kitchen islands. Using vinegar for cleaning instead of salad dressing. White toothpaste for cleaning jewelry. Many Ikea furniture is hacked into other uses and Ikea promotes it.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Mar 02, 2019

    Hack has several meanings, from falconry, horse/car rental, chopping vegetation. Hacking has only become negative in more recent times. Then again there are the hacks found on you tube that are new uses for things or new ways to do it easier. It's all in the point of view as to good or bad.

  • William William on Mar 02, 2019

    Thank you , Lynn Sorrell.