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Apr 04 2019 18

Skeuomorph is a noun that means a digital object or feature that imitates a physical object.

Our word of the day has its roots in Greek. It’s a combination of the word skeuos (SKYOO ohss) meaning ‘container’ and morphe (MORE fay) meaning ‘form.’ Together they refer to some kind of digital object that imitates a physical object — like a trash can icon on your computer that indicates where you put files to discard. 

I couldn’t figure out why the skeuomorph of a cassette tape puzzled my daughter so much. I soon figured out that the kids of her generation have never seen a cassette tape in real life.