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#188913 - 01/25/10 06:13 AM "The Legos of language"
First of all, gotta be pedantic here and point out that the plural of Lego is....Lego. Not "Legos". It is a collective conceptual noun, a brandname for a type of toy. In the same way that one does not use "Scrabbles" for a series of Scrabble games or a collection of Scrabble letter tiles. But sure, one can say "Lego bricks" or "Lego pieces" if one wants to convey the sense of plurality, which is what I think Anu was trying to do.
Anyway, I rose to this week's fascinating challenge and instantly came up with this word: "Theopoly - the selling of God". A very prevalant practice around the world, particulary in the environs of religious shrines, and on American TV.
But imagine my chagrin when I then googled theopoly, only to find that the word was already out there! But with a different meaning: it's been proposed as a religious spoof of the Monopoly game.
#188914 - 01/25/10 06:48 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
Heliodactyl: twinkle toes
#188915 - 01/25/10 06:50 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
Originally Posted By: RayButlerFirst of all, gotta be pedantic here and point out that the plural of Lego is....Lego. Not "Legos".
Maan! I knew someone was gonna do that! No one listens to the Red Queen.
Meanwhile I came up with theodactyl to describe the focal point of Michelangelo's Creation fo Adam.
#188916 - 01/25/10 08:03 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: Faldage]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
A dictiordinary word: heliography
#188917 - 01/25/10 08:05 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
Loc: Ohio, USA
Ray, pedantic or not "Legos" is in common usage these days; just ask any kid.
I thought I had a good word in hagiogony ("the origin of saints"), but I found it was already used when I Googled it and found it in the Biobliotecha Indica:
"There is, clearly, no countenance, in the analogy of the Hindu hagiogony, for the else plausible surmise, that a complete history of the mdnasa sons of Brahma, might, if recoverable, possibly go to show that the term by which they are known, may originally have borne a less mystical signification than that of mind-born. Its intention could never have been to discriminate the literate portion of the Brahmanidae from their less learned kinsmen." Bibliotecha Indica, page 16, from Google.
I wonder if I could get away with oligotheolotry (worship of a few gods). Any thoughts?
Robert H. Woodman
#188918 - 01/25/10 08:20 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: BranShea]
heliodactyl-n-sunbeams that reach out and massage your skin on a warm day.
#188919 - 01/25/10 08:35 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: llcallis]
How about "Heliotheodactylatry", literally, worshipping the fingers of the sun god: loving those little stripes of light that sneak between the clouds on a bright day.
#188920 - 01/25/10 09:05 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RossBracco]
Originally Posted By: RossBraccoHow about "Heliotheodactylatry", literally, worshipping the fingers of the sun god: loving those little stripes of light that sneak between the clouds on a bright day.
I love crepuscular rays!
formerly known as etaoin...
#188921 - 01/25/10 09:26 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
How about hagiodactylopoly and the subsequent hagiodactylolatry?_________________________
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#188922 - 01/25/10 11:07 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
Drinking water is now sold everywhere in bottles. Before long we will see heliopoly -- the selling of the sun. Oh, wait -- I guess that's what Florida vacations are.
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