Not really a spooky comic. Unless you count the apparent existence of the Twilight Zone.
Delete itself showed up in the early sixteenth century from the classical Latin deletus, which means extinction or annihilation.
That’s the past participle of the verb delere,
which is just to delete,
which itself is from delinere, to
smudge—to delete was to erase by smudging something. Delinere is a mix of the
prefix de-, from or away, and linere, smear or wipe, so yeah. To wipe
away is to erase. Somehow that’s from the Proto Indo European slei-, slime or sticky, seriously that’s
where we get the word slime from. No, I
don’t know how we get from slime to delete. That’s just how it is.