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.