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A-Z of History

You lucky lot! Nige Tassell lights up a loaded last page with a loot of larger-than-life legends, little-known legacies and lost lore
ILLUSTRATION: DAWN COOPER

LEGO, FROM THE LATIN...

When he started constructing wooden toys in the 1930s, Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Denmark, named his company ‘Lego’, from the Danish phrase ‘leg godt’, meaning ‘play well’. After the company introduced its now iconic plastic bricks in the late 1940s, however, the name proved particularly apt – the word ‘lego’ means ‘I put together’ in Latin.

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