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Puzzle. 1. The OED states that an 'avatar' is a (Hindu
mythology) the descent of a diety or released soul in bodily form. 2. Incarnation manifestation. 3. Manifestation.
I am confused. How does this apply to gardening ? I tried to call myself 'Plantaholic' - told it had already been taken, and couldnt think of anything else. So did the sensible thing and gave my name.



The term "avatar" is now used in computing to mean a representation of a person. So if you're playing a game, it might be a character, but on a site like this it means a graphic you have chosen for your login. If you upload a photo when you register it will appear whenever you contribute to the site (instead of the all-purpose little blue and green tree). If you want to do that, go back to your profile and choose "update profile" and "change your buddy icon/avatar".

12 Jun, 2012


Rather like everything nowadays is an 'icon', or 'iconic' while the original term was for a representation of a saint etc.

12 Jun, 2012


You can see why its been adopted as a term - one of its meanings is 'embodiment', which can be interpreted as 'representation', so in modern usage, avatar can mean a representation or embodiment of yourself on line. Old word, new meaning, three cheers for the English language, which is in a constant state of flux and change... It has nothing to do with gardening, Diane - avatar is now used for any pictorial or iconic representation of a person in cyber space generally, rather than on any particular site, whatever its nucleus of interest.

12 Jun, 2012


Thank you everyone. I dont have a phone camera, so have to stay with the little tree. Enjoy seeing all the pictorial representations - now I know what they are !

Glad to have finished some wallpaper hanging in this wet weather, hope to get down the allotment tomorrow for a couple of days. Yipee !

12 Jun, 2012


Hope it stays fine for you, Diane! :-)

12 Jun, 2012

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