Do you ever say "desktop" meaning top of a desk? Lots of dictionaries define it as a computer related thing.
The Word Reference dictionary defines desktop 1. the working surface of a desk.
desktop - WordReference.com Dictionary of English
You could certainly wipe that.
The computer desktop is a metaphor for an actual top of an actual desk. Or a desktop, in simple words.
Yes of course. This is why the computer received the name, it was located on the desktop.
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It's about the western stereotype of Japanese women that fit in the 60s. "
"You've got to come to work 30 minutes before the men show up. Wipe the desktops, clean the ashtrays and serve everyone tea."
It's about one of the first women in Japan who was appointed a senior staff writer. I translated "desktop" into my native language as "computer". We do say things like "desktop publishing", don't we?