Re: Polluting software with buttons and icons?
What would the icon be for that word (singular)?
Or how do you group and sub-group icons, such as File > Open, or Edit > Paste Special > Plain Text?
The problem with your point is that an ICON does not portray a thousand words, it is a pictograms representing one word, not that dissimilar to Chinese characters. The challenge with the Ribbon or Start Menu is that they replace perfectly good words with pictures which have no standard definition, i.e. they are much harder to learn and impossible to read. Therefore one has to sit there scanning each one to try to glean their meaning.
I just feel like I'm wasting my breath arguing UI logic with these Microsoft imbeciles. They really are like arguing with the proverebial pigs; we both get dirty and the pig likes it. And the pig doesn't listen nor give a damn.