There's a good word for the anachronistic persistence of formal metaphors past their uselfulness: skeumorph.
June 25, 2006 04:50 PM
Interesting, although it's maybe a bit too jargony for my tastes..
June 25, 2006 05:57 PM
No way man, earliest citation from the OED is 1889, it's practically classical. I did first hear the word through Sterling, though, and you know how he is with the jargon ...
June 26, 2006 01:15 AM
very interesting, and yes spelling it correctly, "skeuomorph", does reveal a much richer history. Then again jargon != new although there probably is a correlation.
June 26, 2006 09:16 AM
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