Cut: to slice, but also to silence, to interrupt and to mark; the most brutal
of fades is a Cut. Subtraction.
Paste*: to insert, to stick in, to glue up. In the case of C = copy, Paste means
repetition and leads to patterns. Addiction.
Please note that Cut is either X or C (while Paste is always V), and that both
operations are achieved pushing Control.
Photocopies: reproduction system widely used in the second half of the 20th
century. It allowed a low quality paper copy of written documents and other
flat items; being the product of a photographic process, the copy retained
all the defects, marks and other "signs of life" of the original. The
photocopy machine can also be rightfully considered the Mother of all Cut
& Paste devices.
* general name used in Italy to identify small sweet cakes of various nature.