Recently I’ve discovered I have an irrational hatred of people saying the word “Legos”.

2016-09-20T20:37:53+00:00 31st July, 2016|4 Comments

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  1. oldabhorsen 31st July, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I had no idea and I kind of respectfully disagree on principle?? Who says it’s plural? We’ve always called them ‘legos’ in my house. A lego was only ever a single block or piece.

    • Alis 31st July, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Heh. Apparently it seems to be a common US construction, because I’d never heard it until recently.

      It’s definitely idiomatic, though: like, no official Lego (which is actually “LEGO”, if we’re being pedantic) material will ever refer to “LEGOs”. An individual piece of LEGO is called a brick, so it’s “LEGO bricks” if there’s more than one. The term LEGO itself refers to the entire system and the trademarked name of the company that produces it.

      For added fun, in theory, if the term “Legos” becomes genericised enough to refer to “any kind of interlocking construction brick”, then LEGO could lose its trademark (see also why Adobe hates people using “photoshop” as a verb).

      Also, if you write the word “LEGO” a lot it starts sounding really weird.

      • isadoro 31st July, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        I have to disagree with Izzy. LEGO is plural, just like DUPLO.

      • oldabhorsen 31st July, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        Back in Ye Olde 90’s, when commercials in the US were even weirder, Eggo (a waffle you could buy frozen and stick in the toaster when you felt like a waffle for breakfast but, like most people, don’t own a waffle iron) had the catchphrase “leggo my Eggo.” I know now they meant “let go of my Eggo,” assuming it was a desired commodity and someone would try to grab your toasted waffle before you could eat it yourself. Except in the commercials they pronounced “leggo” like LEGO, meaning there’s an… (more)

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