Know Your Menu

A bit of clever cartoon humor created by Michael Babich for the Google+ community UX/UI Design (and posted on Facebook):

A play on the icons used on computer platforms for various ways of displaying information, likening the shape of the icons to the shape of kinds of food (a hamburger, döner kebab on a vertical rotisserie, a bento box, a kebab on a stick, meatballs). And exploiting the ambiguity of the noun menu — in its older sense in a food context and in a metaphorical sense in computing.

The title of the cartoon is itself a bit of language play, on the name of the Know Your Meme site:

a website dedicated to documenting Internet phenomena: viral videos, image macros, catchphrases, web celebs and more (link)

Then on menu:

noun menu: [a] a list of dishes available in a restaurant: the waiter handed her a menu| figurative : politics and sport are on the menu tonight. [b] the food available or to be served in a restaurant or at a meal: a no-fuss dinner-party menu. [c] Computing a list of commands or options, especially one displayed on screen.

Sense [c] is a metaphorical extension of the ‘list of dishes’ sense [a].

One Response to “Know Your Menu”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    Commenters on Facebook have vigorously advanced replacing the name bento by waffle.

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