Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Hacks Are Whack
Why does the website 1000 Life Hacks start with Life Hack #1443?
I'll tell you why; because we overdo everything till we absolutely loathe it. You'd think the title would be self-limiting. Nope. It is hack's turn to be over used, much like 24/7 is overused when a person wants to indicate "a lot." Folks are doing it 24/7.
I've got my eye on you, hack. Hack is one of those words that sneak up on you and the next thing you know, it's everywhere. Life hacks, dinner hacks, laundry hacks, coupon hacks, parenting hacks...it is endless.
These are just tips, people. Hints. Plain, old info, perhaps. Nothing really new about sharing helpful or unique tips. Heloise did it for years.
KEEP CALM AND LIFE HACK AWAY will soon appear on a sign or t-shirt, I predict.
Does your dentist check your teeth and offer mouth hacks?
Did your postman give you stamp hacks when you inquired about postage?
Do your children raise their hand during tests and ask their teacher for a few hacks? Hack, no!
By the way, parents, if your kid gets into your email or Facebook account because you saved your password or because they know your password, you have not been "hacked into." Unless that kid programs and bypasses the security of your system, you have not been hacked.
And why would you brag about that? It's illegal! It's like saying little Billy did something so cute...he drove home in a car he just found parked on the street. Sure, other kids commit felonies, but Billy is just so dang precious when he does it.
Quit saying it. Find another way to pretend your child is a genius. You can call that a Cherdo Hack, if you absolutely must.