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    Originally posted by Box of Frogs
    Aye, I realise to what was being referred; I just didn't know why that particular word was being used.
    Very occasionally engineers invent genuinely new words (as opposed to acronyms), but mostly they delight in recycling existing words which somehow parallel the technological meaning. As engineers like to demonstrate both their non-engineering knowledge and their humour, the new words which end up being widely adopted are those which are at first not completely obvious but when explained seem really clever (to other engineers ). In this case the "visible manifestation (picture) of an abstract concept (a virtual person)" meaning of avatar is in widespread use amongst regular web chatters.

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    Originally posted by Graham

    ...meaning of avatar is in widespread use amongst regular web chatters.

    Well, that'll be why I haven't come across the word used in this context before then!

    This is day 2. Another day and I'm sure the novelty will have worn off and you won't see me again. In virtual form anyway.

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    Originally posted by Box of Frogs
    Well, that'll be why I haven't come across the word used in this context before then!
    Just realised I forgot to say I hadn't heard of it either before I started using this forum.

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    TheTramp springs to my defence like a caped crusader (wonder if he has the tights ? )
    You weren't supposed to tell them about those, DS!!! :sorry

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    Originally posted by TheTramp
    Incidentally, I'm not sure whether the plural of forum is indeed fora (assuming that was your intended meaning (although, I do have a private opinion on the validity)). However, there is only one forum here, made up of many topics (threads), containing many notes (posts).
    I'm not so sure. Although this environment is quite correctly referred to as "the forum", the labelling quite clearly indicates that the different categories of threads are themselves forums/fora (either is correct, btw) (Chit Chat, The DJ Booth etc)

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