Let’s say that you have a food type, and you want to make lots of different instances of that food, such as waffles, and I don’t know why you’d want any other food than waffles, but maybe you like carrots or something. In that context, *food* is the prototype of *waffles* and *carrots*.
Some of you will be thinking – that reminds me of classes! You’d be right, but they are not the same thing, so try to put classes aside and think of prototypes as something completely new – if you try to shove prototypes into the same place in your brain where you keep classes you’ll be very unhappy.
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