Is there any logic behind naming icons in UX ? e.g. Breadcrumbs, meatball, kebab, hamburger, doner.

Possible logic of the name "breadcrumbs": It helps the user find a "page's location" similar to how it is used to lead a rat to a specific location (a rat trap in this case).

Is there similar (maybe funny as well) logic behind naming icons like meatball, kebab, etc ?


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The term "Breadcrumbs" doesn't refer to an icon, but to a set of hierarchical links that show the user the location of the current page in relation to the site. The term itself is a reference to the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel.

As for the others, they are all named because they look like real world items. The "hamburger" icon kinda looks like a hamburger. Three vertical dots looks kinda like a kabab. And so on and so forth...

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