[Noisebridge-discuss] Gained in translation?

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 9 04:05:30 PST 2012


I travel all over the world.  The word for hacker everywhere I go is "hacker".  Many places also have other words, too, but "hacker" seems to be universal. Mitch.
 From: el.badbit at gmail.com
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 23:45:18 -0800
To: anthonyletigre at gmail.com
CC: noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] Gained in translation?

I think the word is borrowed from english in those other languages. I'm a native spanish speaker, and there isn't any exact equivalent to "hacker" in spanish. When you mean a "hack writer" you just use some other words that have very little to do with hacking in any sense of the word.



I suspect the word "hack" has pretty much an english origin, and few equivalents in other languages.



On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM, Tony Longshanks LeTigre <anthonyletigre at gmail.com> wrote:


I'm curious what the word equivalent to "hacker" is in other languages. Speaking as a connoisseur of the branch of art appreciation I call "linguistic aesthetics," I must say that hack, hacker, hacking etc are not the most lovely words in English. How does one say Hacker in




German
French
Spanish
Japanese 
Chinese
etc?

Also, I've been wondering if the term "hack" as applied to a rank amateur - for instance, the disparaging term "hack writer" - is connected to our definition of hacking. Anyone know? Hopefully there's a lovely etymology for the word "hack" somewhere that spells it all out.




I *heart* etymology. Sincerely. I love that language truly and visibly does evolve before our very eyes the same way everything else does, and in a process akin to natural selection as I understand it. It's memetically delicious!





TLongshanksLT


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