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When I started learning Latin and learnt the verb "legō" specifically (meaning, "I collect, gather"), I suddenly realized "Oh, so that's where the Lego name comes from!" and it made perfect sense.

It was somewhat surprising for me to learn later that in fact it originates from Danish "leg godt", meaning "play well". I actually still believe Lego has relations with the Latin verb, even though there is no clear proof of it in official sources.

Do you think Latin "legō" has anything to do here, or is it just a mere coincidence?

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The official story is that Ole Kirk Kristiansen didn't realise until years after naming the company what it meant in Latin (normally it's said to mean "I put together", not "I collect"), and as there was no construction over the products made in the first many years, it seems unlikely that he should have thought along those lines.

  • Well, "put together" is what I actually meant (it's the same word in my language for all these meanings). Thanks for the answer! Couldn't really believe it was unintentional. – makeiteasy Jun 18 '17 at 13:42
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    "Happy little accident" as Bob Ross would say. :) – TheBrickBlogger Jun 18 '17 at 16:25
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Interestingly, "Lego" is the Greek word for "lay" or "put forth" ...from the verb "to speak." "Leg" is a Proto Indo European root word which shows up in many other words --most of which are cousins to the idea of something coming out, leaking, put forth, extends from, speaking. Logos, ology, legacy, leak, speech, logistics, etc.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3004&t=NIV http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/roots.aspx?type=Indo-European&root=leg-

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Ole wanted to do "Le godt" but he wanted his name to be short, so he decided to go with the word "Lego" which is a Latin word. Then he realised, the word he "made up" was a real word.

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