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Friday, May 24, 2013

skeuomorph

\SKYOO-uh-mawrf\ , noun;
1.
an ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques, as an imitation metal rivet mark found on handles of prehistoric pottery.
Quotes:
Skeuomorphs exist to make the population feel comfortable and assured of some cultural continuity — in architecture, a typical skeuomorph is a pseudo “Tudor” styled house in a suburban development.
-- Bruce Sterling, "Web Semantics," Wired, February 10, 2011
Such an object, in archaeological parlance, is a skeuomorph, a classic manifestation of technology as it leaves behind the realm of natural things.
-- Timothy Taylor, The Artificial Ape, 2010
Origin:
Skeuomorph is a neologism that was invented in the late 1800s from the Greek roots skeû meaning "vessel, implement" and morph meaning "of the kind specified by the initial element."
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