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Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 5:42 pm    Post subject: Crack the code Reply with quote

What is "Crack the code"?
What does it mean except for its literal meaning?
I would also like to know its origin if there is any?
In addition, I also want to know its meaning in a movie
such as "A beautiful mind".
Actually, it is very urgent question.
Anyway, I am looking forward the answer.

Have a good day!
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Donna Richoux
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Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 5:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Crack the code Reply with quote

<haem0221@hotmail.com> wrote:

Quote:
What is "Crack the code"?
What does it mean except for its literal meaning?
I would also like to know its origin if there is any?
In addition, I also want to know its meaning in a movie
such as "A beautiful mind".
Actually, it is very urgent question.
Anyway, I am looking forward the answer.


We could be of better help if you would explain what you know already.
This meaning has been around for a long time (Merriam-Webster):

b : to puzzle out and expose, solve, or reveal the
mystery of <crack a code>

I'm sure that meaning came about from the idea of cracking a nut and
getting at the nutmeat inside.

The character in "A Beautiful Mind" thinks he's solving enemy codes, as
I recall.

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Best wishes -- Donna Richoux
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Lanarcam
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Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Crack the code Reply with quote

Donna Richoux wrote:
Quote:
haem0221@hotmail.com> wrote:

What is "Crack the code"?
What does it mean except for its literal meaning?
I would also like to know its origin if there is any?
In addition, I also want to know its meaning in a movie
such as "A beautiful mind".
Actually, it is very urgent question.
Anyway, I am looking forward the answer.


We could be of better help if you would explain what you know already.
This meaning has been around for a long time (Merriam-Webster):

b : to puzzle out and expose, solve, or reveal the
mystery of <crack a code

I'm sure that meaning came about from the idea of cracking a nut and
getting at the nutmeat inside.

The character in "A Beautiful Mind" thinks he's solving enemy codes, as
I recall.

I wonder if it's related to deciphering the secret messages
or the code of the ennemies. Then it could be very old.
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Mike Lyle
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Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Crack the code Reply with quote

Donna Richoux wrote:
[...]
Quote:
b : to puzzle out and expose, solve, or reveal the
mystery of <crack a code

I'm sure that meaning came about from the idea of cracking a nut
and
getting at the nutmeat inside.
[...]


I'm not objecting, merely observing, as it's a perfectly reasonable
usage; but I've seen "nut meat" or just "meat" and even "meats" in
this use quite a few times. I don't think it would come very
naturally to BrEtcE users: in our version I think we stick to
"kernel"...

....yep, just looked in OED1, and it says "Now only US". We still,
just about, have "As full as an egg is of meat", though the phrase
doesn't trip lightly off the modern tongue.

--
Mike.
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John Dean
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Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Crack the code Reply with quote

Donna Richoux wrote:
Quote:
haem0221@hotmail.com> wrote:

What is "Crack the code"?
What does it mean except for its literal meaning?
I would also like to know its origin if there is any?
In addition, I also want to know its meaning in a movie
such as "A beautiful mind".
Actually, it is very urgent question.
Anyway, I am looking forward the answer.


We could be of better help if you would explain what you know already.
This meaning has been around for a long time (Merriam-Webster):

b : to puzzle out and expose, solve, or reveal the
mystery of <crack a code

I'm sure that meaning came about from the idea of cracking a nut and
getting at the nutmeat inside.


That's what OED thinks. And it's older than the code use:

"1622 Fletcher Sp. Curate ii. ii, I'll come sometimes, and crack a case
[at law] with you. 1712 Swift To Dr. Sheridan, When with much labour
the matter I crackt. 1768 Wesley Wks. (1872) XII. 409 Logic you cannot
crack without a tutor. "

The series "Fitz" in the USA was based on the British "Cracker" (who was
also called Fitz.)
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John Dean
Oxford
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