He, like most, started installing new applications and having fun and then, like most, decided to uninstall some. He kept complaining to me that he couldn't get them to uninstall, he said he'd keep trying and they wouldn't go away. Finally, I asked him what was happening? He explained he was uninstalling it but they wouldn't go away.
So I watched him do it. He opened the home menu, grabbed an application icon by pressing and holding, the icon then "floats" as this functionality was used to drop icons on the "desktop" view. So he took the icon and dropped it onto the trashcan that appeared.
It was a priceless moment.
"Trash" is for getting rid of something and that's what he wanted to do. After all, on his windows machine or even an Mac you drag stuff into the "trash" or "recycle" to get rid of it.
Now, my fix for this would be a pop-up asking whether they wanted to simply delete the icon or uninstall the application but that seems a bit cumbersome.
A completely valid interpretation of the interface, in my opinion.