Household Lego names and children’s practical genius

For 9 years I’ve often stopped what I was doing to write down the abstract ideas that my children put into words. (Seven of those years on this blog.) Language acquisition is the most interesting part of parenting to me. Children draw from a small but powerful arsenal of words. It’s this limitation that makes their phrasing so much more unique, even revealing more thoughtful philosophies, than mine or yours.

Lego Nomenclature from 5, 6, and 7 year olds is not so abstract as what I really like, but this is unique. I appreciate that someone wanted to know what these children called their Lego pieces. I think the pieces should officially be renamed. And why not? The words these children used are cute but not contrived. They’re highly practical, for the Lego world, but wind up being more precise.

(Re-posted from