3D Avatars = Roop?

By definition, an avatar is a graphical representation of a user or the user’s character or persona — it can be 2D or 3D. But to distinguish, you will have to be more specific, each time — a 2D avatar or a 3D avatar.

But why, why two words?

I mean, we could have kept saying “graphical representation of a person” but we came up with the word “avatar” to make it short.

Now, let’s keep saying “2D avatar” as “avatar” but, I think, I have found the perfect one-word for the word “3D avatar” — “roop”.

Roop (/ɹuːp/) — Form, Appearance

It’s a Hindi word (written as रूप in Hindi fonts) that fits the context perfectly.

In fact, the word avatar is a Sanskrit word that means “descent” of a deity into a terrestrial form — nothing related to the graphical representation that we use in the context today. But if you hear the “avatar” today, you immediately know what the next person is talking about.

Roop can be the same!

I mean, try repeating the following sentences:

  • My roop (3D avatar) looks wonderful in the metaverse. Or,
  • Have you created your roop (3D avatar) yet?

Perfectly fits the context, doesn’t it?

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