That sounds a bit serious, doesn’t it?

But at the same time, somewhat ridiculous.

An effect produced, no doubt, by the clash of cookie – usually taken to mean a small, sweet cake (what the Brits call a biscuit) – with the formal and ominous policy.

In rhetoric, it’s a form of antithesis. An oxymoron ­­– like jumbo shrimp or airline food.

In North American English, the word cookie is believed to come from a Dutch word koekje, which stems from koek, meaning cake. And like cake, it’s got Germanic roots.

But in Scotland, a cookie is traditionally a plain baker’s bun. There’s no evidence the words are connected.

And in computing, it’s a little bit of data that lets us know you’ve been here.

(In the late 1980s, some programmers had to come up with a name for a server that handed out ‘session keys’. They called it the Cookie Jar.)

Our site will give your browser some cookies. 

But it works just as well cookie-free. 

You can turn yours off in your privacy settings. And browse in stealth-mode, like that digital ninja. 

If you’d like some real cookies, let us know.