Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday WOLF... And a Giveaway!

I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications. I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF (oh, how clever is she? She made an acronym out of her agency's name!) Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.

Yes, I'm still giving away books as I read them. My TBR pile still seems to be growing though. It's like mold. But before you scroll down to get all grabby-eyed on the giveaway, treat your brain with some word history.

I'm reading the books of my fellow Dark Days tour mates, and in honor of today's giveaway I thought I'd share with you the origin of the term hacker.

The word itself has been around for awhile, most always with a negative connotation. It seems that at one time a hacker was someone who made furniture using only an axe as their tool, with the end result being that their furniture... well, kind of sucked. Later on the word hack was used as a noun to describe someone doing routine drudge work, and I hate to tell you this but it was most commonly applied to writers. In turn, this may have influenced the usage of the word when it came to writing computer software, and it looks like that's where it made the jump from the page to the keyboard - as early as the 1960's.

With that in mind, enjoy Michelle Gagnon's DON'T TURN AROUND, It's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO for teens. Also with less tattoos.

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2 comments:

Escape Artist Linda said...

Hey, Mindy! Been a while. Was just over at Write on Con and saw that your release date is September 24- also my birthday! Congratulations! I just love the cover! So, so gorgeous! All best, Linda

Mindy McGinnis said...

Hey EA!

Yep - it's almost upon us!!