[MUD-Dev] First use of "avatar"?
Tue Dec 11 08:34:40 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001
The OED is doing a pilot project to incorporate a large number of
words derived from SF. You can read about it here:
One in particular that caught my eye was this entry:
avatar (n.) antedating 1992 (in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash)
sense is a VR representation of a person
I want to say that avatar was used before Snow Crash. Am I wrong?
While we're at it:
- what were the avatars in Habitat called?
- "toon" is another one that I have heard still in common usage,
though not as commonly. Does this antedate The Realm?
- "character" and "paperdoll" seem to be common alternatives
though they do not mean precisely the same thing
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