#1080 TIPS: LEGO Terminology - Part 1: Acronyms

If you're new to the world of custom LEGO building, there's quite a lot of LEGO jargon and terminology to get used to. Today we'll be going over the most common ones; did you know all of them existed?



AFOL = Adult Fan of LEGO - a common term to call adult LEGO fans MOC = My Own Creation - a LEGO model built without any instructions SNOT = Studs Not On Top - a building technique that uses pieces on their sides or at different angles, compared to building normally by stacking bricks on top of one another SNIR = Studs Not In a Row - a building technique where pieces are offset or angled instead of placed normally LUG = LEGO User Group - a group of LEGO fans that meet and interact with each other WIP = Work In Progress - a LEGO build (or any project really) that is in the process of being completed NPU = Nice Part Use - a common phrase for complimenting a builder who uses a piece in a unique/interesting way (actually an initialization not an acronym, but we still wanted to include it in this list) SHIP = Super Huge Investment in Parts - a large LEGO model, generally over 100 studs long (featured MOC by 4estFeller: https://bit.ly/32UrO0T) BURP = Big Ugly Rock piece - a large rock piece used in official sets


When part 2 comes, we'll look at names for specific pieces as well as other terms such as the infamous 'illegal' building techniques.

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