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i remember one of the terms had to do with the icon was actually what it represented. (like illustration of a highway means this is now a highway)

and the other one was something in between like knife and fork reprecenting food

and if i recall correcly the third was something unrelated / abstract doing the reprecenting

(picto..something?)

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marked as duplicate by Scott, JohnB Jul 25 '14 at 11:37

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I'm sure you mean pictogram or pictograph? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictogram

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I'm glad you understood the question – SaturnsEye Jul 25 '14 at 9:41
    
this is it! and with that article i found the other, ideogram – Shubb Jul 25 '14 at 9:45

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