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OP 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.
Heliodactyl: twinkle toes
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.
A dictiordinary word: heliography
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
heliodactyl-n-sunbeams that reach out and massage your skin on a warm day.
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.
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...
How about hagiodactylopoly and the subsequent hagiodactylolatry?
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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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