SSLC understands that learning the English language is a challenging, fun and rewarding process. Perfecting this skill is proven to be useful in almost every career. If English is in the top three most common languages to speak why is it a little bit “tricky” to learn? It’s helpful to know that some words in the English language have multiple meanings and with this article, SSLC wants to help you understand what some of those words are.
Today’s word is HACK [hak].
The first definition of the word ‘hack’ we will focus on is in the form “to cut”. To hack or hacking is to cut or chop down an object with irregular severe blows while exerting a significant amount of effort. If one is hacking their goal is to separate that one solid object to two or multiple pieces. For instance, lumberjacks will use their axes to hack trees down and explorers will use machetes to hack vines to clear paths. At the same time, a butcher can hack big pieces of meat into smaller portions for selling.
Sentence: “Watch the lumberjacks hack those trees into smaller pieces.”
The second definition of the word ‘hack’ we will learn is a term used in a variety of sports. In hockey and basketball to hack someone is to intentionally foul the opposing player either with a hockey stick or with your arms. In other sports that use rackets such as tennis, hacking is the term for aimlessly swinging your racket hoping to hit the ball that is coming to your end. This is seen as a poor and ineffective way to swing and play the sport.
Sentence: “The basketball player had to hack his opponent to stop them from scoring.”
The third most common definition of the word ‘hack’ is connected to electronics, especially computers. To hack a computer stems from multiple spy movies where one overwrites a security to find secret information. They would hack cell phones or social media profiles to gain records. Although, it sounds intense many professionals hack computers on a lower scale. Usually, it’s to stop a virus or regain access to accounts where one was previously locked out of.
Sentence: “The spies hacked the security system of the bank to gain access to their vault.”
The fourth use of the word ‘hack’ is slang for being able to handle or cope with a situation. Using the word this way is always followed by the word “it”.
Sentence: “I wonder if Joe can hack it living in the city?”
Learning the English language is a lot more than just definitions. Understanding and studying these words will definitely help with your grammar and sentence structure. If you are serious about improving your English and want to see Canada along the way, look at what Sprott Shaw Language College has to offer.