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metaphor - noun 1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison, as in "a sea of troubles" or "All the world's a stage" (Shakespeare). 2. One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol: "Hollywood has always been an irresistible, prefabricated metaphor for the crass, the materialistic, the shallow, and the craven" (Neal Gabler)
I understand the computer desktop/real desktop metaphor, but I don't quite understand your query regarding whether there are "any useful metaphors for other types of activity," as that's so broad. Did you have something more specific in mind, or was it just intended to be a general query?
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