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The Lego community has built up a variety of different terms that make perfect sense within the hobby but need some explaining. We drop these terms a lot around the forum and at meetings, and sometimes there's a new word for us too. If anyone can think of other important terms overlooked please write! Italicized denotes another related term in the description and underlined italicized are anchor links to definitions within the glossary.

Credit where credit is due! Most of these terms are common knowledge amongst the community but there are a few good sites out there that helped with either jogging the memory for good terms to add or clarification on definitions. Shiri Dori's Lugnet acronym faq, Brickwiki's terms page, Brother's Brick Glossary page and slang reference page, amongst others and conversations with fellow VicLUG members all helped build this page. Regional terms are indicated in green.

AFOL :Adult Fan Of Lego, a term that we use to describe ourselves. KFOL & TFOL are kid and teen fan of LEGO respectivly

ABS : Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, this is the plastic used by LEGO

BB : (the)brothersbrick, the best LEGO blog going right now

Bioni- : Adding bioni to anything as a prefix to denote how super amazing it is, eg: we're going to bionicatch that ferry! or my bionisword is awesome!

Bley : A bluish-grey colour that raises the ire of some LEGO fans

Blind Build : A contest that AFOLS do where they make a set without being able to see it. It's judged on accuracy with the fun, random aspect of colour errors

BOLOCS : Built (out) Of Lots Of Colours. Children's creations are often recipitents of this term, see Rainbow Warrior

Brickblock : Similar to writer's block, where a builder is stuck and can't figure out what to build next

Brick-built : Where the builder finds a solution to making an object that is made up of many bricks rather than the single element solution, ie: a brickbuilt horse instead of the standard horse piece

Broooookeeeeen : A Saskatchewan regional term in which some of the AFOLS use whenever something isn't working. It's murky origins have something to do with mocking a younger sibling and it's infectious usage has permeated VL's lexicon, even with those who havn't met the Saskwatches

Build in a Bag : A contest where AFOLS race to build the same set while still in the polybag

BURP : Big Ugly Rock Piece, a large rock piece. Used in large quantities can make a Mt. Burp

bs & bl : Abbreviations used for brickshelf and bricklink, two important LEGO sites. The first is a gallery site, the second a marketplace

CAD : Computer Aided Design, used with applications like MLCAD

cc & cs : classic castle & classic space repsectivly. This could refer to the websites or the theme. Classic denotes that it is from the late 70's to mid 80's generally

CCC : Collosal Castle Competition, a contest held on cc every year

Chaff : A VL regional term for when going through a mixed lot and seeing what is left after taking out any rare or valuable pieces, the chaff is the common bricks whereas the grain would be the draft material

Cheese : A 1x1x2/3 33° slope. the slope has taken on this name because of the resemblance to cheese in orange, yellow or white. it is sometimes called a cheese wedge or cheese slope. There is a similar brick, the 2x1x2/3 18° grille or with 4 slots that is affectionately known as the cheese grater

Click Hinge : The newer system of hinged elements that replaced the fingered hinge system

Clone : Any number of commercial or independent products that compete or work in conjunction with LEGO bricks. Megablocks could be considered the #1 commercial competitor whereas most independent clone brands are more widely referred to as customs and don't have the same disparaging stigma associated with them from the community. Most clone brands work fairly well with the LEGO geometry with unique elements, however some are blatant bootlegs taking official elements and casting them in different colours

Cookie : Another VL regional term for dividing piles into equal lots and any extras are cookies which are added randomly to whomever's pile

Custom : Similar to clone brands, however these are usually just 1 or 2 people involved in creating the elements or gear. Also referred to as the customizing community, these creators usually make elements that are missing in the official LEGO line such as BrickArms' military weapons or BrickForge's ancient weapons or Ghostbusters. some customizers make fabric elements, add lights, or chrome the bricks.

Dark Age : Also called the Dark Ages, it refers to when someone stops being active in the LEGO hobby for a long duration, but it's still on their horizon. Something major, like seeing StarWars LEGO for the first time usually acts as a catalyst to bring the person out of their 'dark ages' and back into the hobby. If someone is sort of into the hobby for a bit you might refer to it as dim or gray ages.

Dataspike : This is a phrase coined by Steve where you have an inordinate amount of one certain type of element compared to the rest of your collection

Dirty Brickster : This is a gift exchange game that can happen at AFOL parties or LEGO conventions. Each person brings in a wrapped present, obscuring exactly what it is, that is of a pre-determined value. Each person then gets to choose whether to take a new present or steal one that has been opened. A present can be stolen 3 times at which time it is locked. If your present was stolen then you get a chance to steal or open a new one. If you choose to steal a present then everyone else chants 'Dirty Brickster' several times. There might be variations depending on the region but these are the generally observed rules

Draft : Where each person buys a copy of the same set, all the sets' pieces are organized into piles sorted by elements and then lots are drawn to figure out who picks first. Picking continues until nothing is left and it's a great way for fans to accumulate a lot of certain pieces

Element : This word is in reference to any LEGO piece

fbtb : from bricks to bothans, a popular StarWars Lego fansite

Fleebnork : A space critter created by Mark Sandlin that is a menace to power couplings and hard to destroy. They are made up from a scorpion body and tiny radar dish and almost always transparent. The plural is 'Fleebs' and the noise they makes sounds like 'pleh'

Fleshies : These are the flesh coloured minifigs that are almost exclusively found within licensed playlines such as StarWars or Batman. There is some controversy in the community about the merit of these types of figures but to those who like them the detractors have no argument on their worth

Frogging : A term coined by Joseph where you pull out bricks to go back to a different area of the build. It comes from the knitting/crochet world where they would rip out their stitches, rip it rip it or ribbit ribbit, hence frogging.

GBC : Great Ball Contraption. This is a technic and robotics standard where contributers make a module that will move balls from one end of their contraption to the nex, creating an overall Rube-Goldberg like effect.

Greebles : Adding pieces to the exterior of a moc for the purpose of texture and detail, most commonly used in reference to space mocs. Related terms are greebled and greebling. This word originated from the model makers of the StarWars movies and has widely propagated throughout many disciplines

Grüschteling : A German fan word for the distinctive noise that bricks make when you are sorting them. Pronounced 'groo-shtel-ing'

Halo Kiddy : This is a term introduced to us by Ted and refers to the atypical behaviour of young boys posting their Halo creations, or fawning over other Halo creations. Substitute Halo for any other overly hyped franchise that results in poorly photographed customized minifigs and the term can still apply. Like greebles, this term is appropriated from outside the LEGO community, nominally the gaming circles

Headlight Brick : 1x1 brick with headlight This is a ubiquitous snot element that any AFOL can't have too many of. It got it's name for being used to make headlights in car sets, however the LEGO company name for it is the Washing Machine brick

Illegal/Legal : The context of this in the LEGO community refers to whether a building technique is permissible from the standpoint of the LEGO company designers, such as the pony ear technique or using minifig hands and legs for mecha anatomy

Jumper Plate : This element is called Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with 1 Stud and is used widely in half-stud offset techniques where the builder can work outside the normal stud row grid

Juniorization : A disparaging term for the phenomenon of LEGO designers making an element that was previously made up of several other ones, in theory stifling the creative flow. This was prominently seen in lines such as Jack Stone which was intended for a very young audience and ushered in the term

Langrish Scale : A VL regional term coined by Aaron for creations created on a mammoth John Langrish scale

LBM : Lego Batman

LCP : Lego Certified Professional. This is a small group of business partners with the LEGO company who make amazing creations and help to promote the product around the world, not to be confused with LEGO Mindstorms NXT Communications Protocol!

Ldraw : L(ego) Draw, a popular program for making Lego creations on your computer

LHP : Lego Harry Potter

LIJOA : Lego Indiana Jones Original Adventures

LIJ2 : Lego Indiana Jones 2

LRB : Lego Rock Band

LSW1 : Lego StarWars 1

LSW2 : Lego StarWars 2

LSWCS : Lego StarWars Complete Saga

LU : Lego Universe

LUP : Lego Universe Partner

Micro Scale/Minifig Scale : Most LEGO System models, those that have minifigs in them, are considered to be built in minifig scale and whenever someone builds a building or vehicle for minifigs it's considered to be in minifig scale. Inversely, anything that is too small for a minifig to fit in is referred to as micro scale, but this has a very wide definition of magnification, anything from a minifig being equal to 1 stud to a building being equal to 1 stud. Larger than a minifig might be called miniland scale, referring to Legoland miniland people, or maxi scale

MISB : Mint sealed in box, this term is used widly outside of the LEGO community but used to describe the condition of 2nd hand boxes for sale

MMOG : Massive Multiplayer Online Game

MOC : My own creation, this is something that you've made out of your collection and not from a set

Module : This term is most often used when in context of a group display and everyone brings in a module that will all connect up together as it meets a specific standard. Castle and Moonbase are examples of modules, but microcity and GBC are as well

NWBC : North West Brick Con, the closest big convention to Victoria in Seattle which since 2007 has been called just BrickCon

Octan : The LEGO System gas station line that replaced Shell in the 1990's. It is distinguished by it's white with red & green stripe colour scheme

PAB : Pick a brick, at a LEGO store or a convention where there are bins of just one type of brick and you buy by the cup or bag

Parts Monkey : A subordinate builder who is assisting the principal builder and is given tasks ranging from finding & fetching parts to building repetetive assemblies

Patsy : A brick you put in place of the desired one until you get what you need. Usually associated with colour matching

Playability : Also referred to as play factor, this is any play features in the moc or set that could be a function or design element. It's often used when ranking or reviewing a set as much as design and elements

Polybag : Where a set comes in a plastic bag instead of a box, or the bags within sets, from polyurethane

Pony Ear : An illegal technique, that was at one point in LEGO System sets, where you place a plate between the studs on another plate. The technique was used to make the ears standup on brickbuilt horses and that's where it got it's name

Promo : From promotional, a set or piece that might be for another company or for LEGO itself but dosn't have wide distribution and might be very rare

Purist : A builder who has certain criteria or standards on what is acceptable usage. This could include not using clone or custom elements, no stickers, or to the extreme of just using basic bricks

s@h : shop at home, LEGO's shop at home website

Seahorses : A VL regional term coined by Joseph, used as a universal answer to rhetorical questions

Rainbow Warrior : A creation that is made by or looks like it's made by a child by the disregard to any sort of colour matching and seemingly random use of coloured bricks

RTL : An ancient Lego USENET group that predated Lugnet in the 90's. It peaked in activity around 2000 and sharply plummeted with the advent of website based communication

Scabbing : a term coined by Aaron where you create a makeshift ruler out of bricks or plates to figure out the exact measurements needed in the actual construction, the origins are from the electrician field

Sigfig : Signature Figure. This is used on forums and websites predominately to represent the builder in minifig form

Smiley : The ubiquitous yellow LEGO minifig smiley head which is oddly quite uncommon in modern sets

Smoke : A transparent darker gray colour, also called Trans-Black (bricklink) and Trans-Brown (LEGO)

SNOT : Studs Not On Top, any type of building technique where the studs are not going perpendicular from the baseplate, rather in different directions. In Germany they use the word shleim which is a translation for mucus and can be also used to describe snotwork by saying something like 'good shleim!'

STAMP : Stickers Across Multiple Pieces is simply a horrible practice by the LEGO company where they encourage you to put stickers not only on one piece, but across several pieces, rendering them utterly useless and nearly impossible to liberate for alternate uses

Standard : This refers to where AFOLS adhere to a prescribed building scheme when making a moc so when they all come together at a meeting or convention, the modules will all fit together. LEGO itself has adopted a standard with the Cafe Corner buildings, which the AFOL community has taken to swimmingly

Stubby : The shorter, unposable legs that are used with children, dwarf, goblin, Ewok, etc minifigs

Studless : When a builder hides all of the visible studs in their moc

Swoosh Factor : Used when a space builder is testing out their ship, how well it swooshes through the air. They might refer to the swooshability of the ship as well

Table Scrap : Creations or doodles that are incomplete mocs, or ideas for figuring out a feature or function

Trainhead : Someone who's heavy into LEGO trains

TRU : Toys R Us

TT : Traveller's Tales

UCS :Ultimate Collectors Series is a line that is comprised of very high quality StarWars ships:

UFO : Unfinished Object

Vig & Vignette : A small scene that's usually on a 8x8 baseplate. Larger vignettes are sometimes referred as bignettes


WIP : Work in progress

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last updated Nov. 2009