The many meanings of ‘friend’

These days, the word ‘friend’ means more than simply the person you hang out with. It’s a digital acquaintance, a verb, an ‘un-verb’…

In his recent article Malfunctions, misdemeanors, metaphors, Michael Rundell describes how we’ve created a lot of computer terms by recycling familiar words (such as “window,” “virus,” “memory,” “desktop” and “folder”) and applying them metaphorically to the digital realm. He mentions “iconas a noteworthy example, in that its computer-related sense is now the most common.

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