[from Late Mid­dle English un­pakken, to un­pack] It's worth try­ing to un­pack the un­der­ly­ing nar­ra­tive... ( Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2017)

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Back in the 15th cen­tury, un­pakken, from which un­pack is de­rived, meant to dis­play the con­tents of a bun­dle by un­rolling or un­ty­ing it, as well as to re­move goods from a bun­dle. Al­though un­pack still refers to re­mov­ing the con­tents of some­thing, it now also means to an­a­lyze by ex­am­in­ing in de­tail–a us­age that arose in the field of phi­los­o­phy early last cen­tury, ac­cord­ing to Mer­riam Web­ster. More re­cently, the tech in­dus­try adopted it to de­scribe con­vert­ing com­puter data from a com­pressed to a us­able un­com­pressed for­mat. •

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