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Hacked off?

Once more, commentary on our lives is being couched in computing terms, with the addition to the Open Dictionary this week of life hack. No longer do we (well, some people, anyway) hack computers, or solve problems. Now we hack the problems of our real lives, coming up with quick and simple solutions that would make the likes of Matthew Broderick’s War Games character proud!

It makes me feel even more like some kind of automaton or virtual version of myself than Facebook narcissism did though, and I’m not sure I like it. I think I’d much rather ruminate and cogitate to come up with the answer, than hack.

These terms are clearly here to stay though; Facebook narcissism was the Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord a couple of weeks ago, and who knows if life hack will follow suit.

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