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  • and how the word existed long before computers

    Before computers, hack was an adjective applied to junk writers and their output. A hack was a writer who cared little for the craft of writing, but simply put words on paper to get a salary, writing for newspapers, magazines, or "the pulps".

    Computer hackers totally changed this meaning for their use, but the rest of the world never really noticed and continue to use a meaning that is related to the original meaning (but more negative) when they apply it to computers.