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#188913 - 01/25/10 06:13 AM "The Legos of language"
RayButler Offline
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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.

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#188914 - 01/25/10 06:48 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
TWF Offline
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Heliodactyl: twinkle toes

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#188915 - 01/25/10 06:50 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
Faldage Offline
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Originally Posted By: RayButler
First 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.

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#188916 - 01/25/10 08:03 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: Faldage]
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A dictiordinary word: heliography

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#188917 - 01/25/10 08:05 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
RHWoodman Offline
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Ray, pedantic or not "Legos" is in common usage these days; just ask any kid. smile

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
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#188918 - 01/25/10 08:20 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: BranShea]
llcallis Offline
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Registered: 01/25/10
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Loc: Virginia
heliodactyl-n-sunbeams that reach out and massage your skin on a warm day.

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#188919 - 01/25/10 08:35 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: llcallis]
RossBracco Offline
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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.

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#188920 - 01/25/10 09:05 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RossBracco]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Originally Posted By: RossBracco
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.


I love crepuscular rays!

welcome everyone!
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#188921 - 01/25/10 09:26 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
zmjezhd Offline
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How about hagiodactylopoly and the subsequent hagiodactylolatry?
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#188922 - 01/25/10 11:07 AM Re: "The Legos of language" [Re: RayButler]
PiedType Offline
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Registered: 01/25/10
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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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