My son has asked me to tap into the collective wisdom of aue - here is his request:

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I'm currently arguing with a bunch of Americans who insist on pluralising Lego.
i.e: "Look at the car made of Legos" vs "Look at the car made of Lego".

Admittedly, its a brand name but they don't pluralise Meccano, Anadin, Weetabix, etc.
Tell me your thoughts.

I'm not sure about that "they" - his choice of brand names seems exclusively Rightpondian - but the essence of the question should be clear.

(For anyone who is not familiar with Lego, see http://www.lego.com/eng /)

Laura
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My son has asked me to tap into the collective wisdom of aue - here is his request: Here's ... question should beclear. (For anyone who is not familiar with Lego, see http://www.lego.com/eng /) Laura (emulate St. George for email)

I'd say "Look at the car made of Legos." If I were writing for a newspaper or magazine, I might very well write "Look at the car made of Lego blocks," but I would never, ever write or say "Look at the car made of Lego"!

I was going to make a passing reference to the fictional "Blockos" of "Blocko Land" on *The Simpsons,* but a Google search turned up the fact that "Blocko" is now an actual trademark for toy products associated with the TV program, and they follow the Lego model: The company itself refers to "Blocko," as in "The Simpsons TM BLOCKO TM Figure Set," while others refer to them as "Blockos." So would I: Writing in a newsgroup, I'd say "Homer almost drowned at Blocko Land in a 'river' made of Blockos."

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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My son has asked me to tap into the collective wisdom of aue - here is his request: Here's ... made of Lego". Admittedly, its a brand name but they don't pluralise Meccano, Anadin, Weetabix, etc. Tell me your thoughts.

Do we think of each individual piece as "a Lego"? No. This suffices to rule out "...made of Legos".
Matti
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My son has asked me to tap into the collective wisdom of aue - here is his request: Here's ... made of Lego". Admittedly, its a brand name but they don't pluralise Meccano, Anadin, Weetabix, etc. Tell me your thoughts.

Your son reports what was standard UK usage WIWAL, where "Lego" was like "masonry" it referred to the material rather than the pieces (which were called "bricks", "plates", "strips", etc., depending on their shape).
I have heard some UK kids say "two Weetabixes" or two "Shredded Wheats", though.

Ross Howard
My son has asked me to tap into the collective ... don't pluralise Meccano, Anadin, Weetabix, etc. Tell me your thoughts.

Do we think of each individual piece as "a Lego"? No. This suffices to rule out "...made of Legos".

We don't? Googling Web and Groups:
when I was four, I swallowed a lego
Yesterday he swallowed a lego
i just swallowed a lego,
Christine swallowed a Lego.
she said that a 2 year old swallowed a lego,
I once swallowed a Lego.
Josh once swallowed a lego,
I found three or four hits for "swallowed a lego piece".

Best Donna Richoux
My son has asked me to tap into the collective wisdom of aue - here is his request: Here's ... "Look at the car made of Lego". Admittedly, its a brand name but they don't pluralise Meccano, Anadin, Weetabix, etc.

'How many Weetabix would you like for your breakfast?' 'I always have two Weetabix'
'How many Anadin have you taken?'
'I never take more than two Anadin at a time'
Ian Botham, of course, never ate three Shredded Wheat at once.
O cunning plural that imitates the singular. But I don't recognise any plural for Meccano or Lego.
OED points out Lego is from (a. Da. Lego, a respelling of leg godt 'play well') and it is the name for the whole toy. Similarly, Meccano was the name of the toy, not its components.
The plural seems to work with Weetabix and Anadin because each item in the packaging is identical to every other item. But Lego and Meccano contain pieces of different shapes, sizes and uses.

John Dean
Oxford
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I found three or four hits for "swallowed a lego piece".

They're Lego blocks, not Lego pieces. 6290 hits for lego-block, 19000 for lego-blocks. 2 for swallowed-lego.
But you'd have to be pretty weird to swallow one IMO, since the age one should be to play with the stuff small enough to swallow* is older than the age at which one commonly swallows random things.

* They make Baby Lego. The pieces are HUGE.
Jac
Do we think of each individual piece as "a Lego"? No. This suffices to rule out "...made of Legos".

We don't? Googling Web and Groups: when I was four, I swallowed a lego Yesterday he swallowed a lego i ... she said that a 2 year old swallowed a lego, I once swallowed a Lego. Josh once swallowed a lego,

To quote from the ancient wisdom:
"The bell curve spans a sinful multitude; behold the flakes from the outermost margins, which certainly don't chime with me."

Matti
'How many Weetabix would you like for your breakfast?' 'I always have two Weetabix' 'How many Anadin have you taken?' 'I never take more than two Anadin at a time' Ian Botham, of course, never ate three Shredded Wheat at once.

Imagine trying to get through the morning on one Wheatie.
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