Just a few examples of metaphors used in computing:
* computer applications use a window metaphor
* "surf the net"
* go to such and such a site -- when we "go to" a Web site in Japan, do we really get on a plane and fly there?
* copy, paste, and cut text
* throw a file into the trash can
* move a file from one folder to another -- the file doesn't move, the pointer does
* "guides" that help us with routine tasks and hide us from the computer's complexity