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#1 Offline The Phantom Terror

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Posted Apr 22 2013 - 04:00 PM

Hi guys. So, while I was strolling through some textbooks, Bionicle names started popping into my head. For example, in Latin, Malum means bad. In Science, I found a tellurium in the periodic table of elements. Have you guys found anything that sounds like BIONICLE in shool?


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Posted Apr 22 2013 - 04:03 PM

I didn't here it in school, but "Gelu" is Latin for frost, and "Metus" is also Latin for something but I'm not sure what. I think all the Bara Magna/Spherus Magna characters have latin names.


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Posted Apr 22 2013 - 04:04 PM

Telluride was most likely based of tellerium, a metal related element, as Telluris was part of the iron tribe and iron is also a metal related element in the periodic table. Some other names are based off Latin words as well, but I can't remember which.
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Posted Apr 22 2013 - 04:05 PM

Yeah, that makes sense because the Romans had gladiators. Bionicle has glatorian. So LEGO probably included as many Roman-ish things into Bara/Spherus Magna as possible.


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Posted Apr 22 2013 - 04:22 PM

My friend has a backpack from a company called Akamai.Yeah, mostly Latinish things. Haven't seen many Maori words in school. :lol:
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Posted Apr 22 2013 - 04:23 PM

Mostly Latin... I've also known a classmate who has Rahi in their name.


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Posted Apr 22 2013 - 11:28 PM

Kind of off topic but Thok means electricity in my language.


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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 12:47 PM

Telluride was most likely based of tellerium, a metal related element, as Telluris was part of the iron tribe and iron is also a metal related element in the periodic table. Some other names are based off Latin words as well, but I can't remember which.

 

Telluride is a real place. It's a town in Colorado. :)

 

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".


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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 02:07 PM

 I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".

That's because you beat me to it :PMata in Spanish is "he kills".

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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 02:13 PM

 I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".

That's because you beat me to it :PMata in Spanish is "he kills".

Funny, the Toa code is almost OPPOSITE to killing.


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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 02:24 PM

I was in my Spanish class and there was a video talking about Easter Island. It has another name called Rapa Nui. Once I heard the "Nui" I was like, "Hmm, what? What did it say about Nui?"


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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 02:36 PM

Telluride was most likely based of tellerium, a metal related element, as Telluris was part of the iron tribe and iron is also a metal related element in the periodic table. Some other names are based off Latin words as well, but I can't remember which.

 

Telluride is a real place. It's a town in Colorado. :)

Argh, I meant Telluris. Stupid autocorrect.


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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 03:19 PM

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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 03:30 PM

Lemme get my Latin Skills here:Aqua Magna = Water HugeMetus = FearMalum ~ Malus = Evil, BadCertavus ~ Certus = CertainSpherus Magna = Giant SphereSolis Magna = Giant Sun
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Posted Apr 23 2013 - 09:40 PM

Lemme get my Latin Skills here:Aqua Magna = Water HugeMetus = FearMalum ~ Malus = Evil, BadCertavus ~ Certus = CertainSpherus Magna = Giant SphereSolis Magna = Giant Sun

Finally! Someone who speaks English, err, Latin. Now I don't feel alone.

 

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Posted Apr 24 2013 - 02:08 PM

I don't exactly get bionicle stuff in school, but one time, to help me understand a math principle about Area, she got me to build a square out of parts, then adjusted them, saying the shape was different, but the area was the same.


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Posted May 07 2013 - 12:57 PM

Umbra is Latin for shadow.

 

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Posted May 07 2013 - 01:00 PM

Umbra is Latin for shadow.

That's kind of an oxymoron... Seeing that Umbra is purely light.


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Posted May 07 2013 - 02:23 PM

Umbra is Latin for shadow.

That's kind of an oxymoron... Seeing that Umbra is purely light.

Which has actually been referenced in-story. His name is supposed to be deceptive, since something's umbra is the darkest part of its shadow.Then again, you need light to cast a shadow...

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Posted May 07 2013 - 04:55 PM

Telluride was most likely based of tellerium, a metal related element, as Telluris was part of the iron tribe and iron is also a metal related element in the periodic table. Some other names are based off Latin words as well, but I can't remember which.

 

Telluride is a real place. It's a town in Colorado. :)

 

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".

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Posted May 22 2013 - 01:37 PM

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Posted May 28 2013 - 04:38 PM

 I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".

That's because you beat me to it :PMata in Spanish is "he kills".

 

Darn! I thought of Soh Cah Toa immediately when I heard this! Haha.

 

I have seen a lot of Bionicle words in Latin, as many of you have mentioned. I guess Lego thought it was a good idea to use Latin words after they got sued by the Maori people,  since there aren't any Latin speaking people to sue them!  :lol:

 

When I first heard of Rapa Nui, I thought it was a Maorian island, but I was surprised to see it was Easter Island's real name. Its funny how Rapa Nui would fit pretty well in the Bionicle storyline. (If you're not familiar with the history of the island, Wikipedia it. Its actually very interesting.)


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Posted May 29 2013 - 02:50 AM

I didn't here it in school, but "Gelu" is Latin for frost, and "Metus" is also Latin for something but I'm not sure what. I think all the Bara Magna/Spherus Magna characters have latin names.

[color=#ff0000;]Another is Umbra- which is Latin for light.[/color]


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Posted May 29 2013 - 10:43 AM

Oh, once again, I didn't hear this in school, but it is academic in a social studies sort of way. While "Rahkshi" are the mechanical slug-in-suit poison the earth kind of creatures we all know and love, "Rakshi" without the "h" is an extremely strong alcoholic beverage from some archipelago that still has ancient tribes in it (I can't remember which). Granted, I doubt Mr. F got the name from that, but it makes you wonder what other names come from.


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Posted May 29 2013 - 12:23 PM

well, fighting a rahkshi might make you want a strong drink xD


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Posted May 29 2013 - 05:39 PM

Oh, once again, I didn't hear this in school, but it is academic in a social studies sort of way. While "Rahkshi" are the mechanical slug-in-suit poison the earth kind of creatures we all know and love, "Rakshi" without the "h" is an extremely strong alcoholic beverage from some archipelago that still has ancient tribes in it (I can't remember which). Granted, I doubt Mr. F got the name from that, but it makes you wonder what other names come from.

[color=#ff0000;]Rahkshi- the extremely alcohlic bevarage!  Hmmm. seems legit.  XD[/color]


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Posted May 29 2013 - 05:50 PM

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Posted May 29 2013 - 05:58 PM

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".

Oh, I thought that was just a weird thing my dictator-like Geometry teacher uses to remember Trig. Didn't know it was taught everywhere.

 

 

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Posted May 29 2013 - 06:17 PM

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".

Oh, I thought that was just a weird thing my dictator-like Geometry teacher uses to remember Trig. Didn't know it was taught everywhere.

 

 

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Posted May 29 2013 - 09:54 PM

Darn i was beaten to Umbra being the darkest part of the shadow of an opaque object. (Fancy words :P)


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Posted May 30 2013 - 05:39 AM

Bara showed up in my Swedish class. It means only. 

 

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Posted May 30 2013 - 06:15 AM

BIonicle was once mentioned in one of my marketing classes as an ingenious strategy that saved LEGO from the crisis in 2001. That's all, though.


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Posted May 30 2013 - 08:10 AM

Telluride was most likely based of tellerium, a metal related element, as Telluris was part of the iron tribe and iron is also a metal related element in the periodic table. Some other names are based off Latin words as well, but I can't remember which.

 

Telluride is a real place. It's a town in Colorado. :)

 

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Soh Cah Toa yet. Whenever I think of trigonometry, I think of "wet Bionicles".

I always think of Pohatu. Becuase he was a "Soccer" Toa. Its stupid but it helped me remember it.

 

Umbra is Latin for shadow.

That's kind of an oxymoron... Seeing that Umbra is purely light.

 

Which has actually been referenced in-story. His name is supposed to be deceptive, since something's umbra is the darkest part of its shadow.Then again, you need light to cast a shadow...

I always thought it was some sort of ironic joke that whoever named him made. Seeing as Latin doesnt exsist in the Bio-verse


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Posted May 30 2013 - 09:57 AM

Recently, I was reading a psychology book and encountered a section on the Bionicle experiment BZP reported for the front page. Unfortunately, the distinguished professor dude forgot to consult bonesiii when he wrote it (:P), so the section, aptly entitled "Building Bionicles", contained these gems: (For reference, Bionicle means "biological chronicle", and given that the book was about humans, who are biological...anyway)

 

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This same process will continue in the same way, and for each additional Bionicle you build, you will get eleven cents less, until you decide that you don't want to build any more Bionicles.

 

Imagine that you are a consultant visiting two Bionicles factories.

 

The working conditions in the first Bionicles factory are very similar to the [meaningless] condition...After observing the workers' behavior, you would most likely conclude that they don't like Legos much (or maybe they have something specific against Bionicles).

 

At least he was consistant, however - nowhere in the section does he refer to Bionicle's proper meaning. 


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Posted May 30 2013 - 10:43 AM

I used to find a few things in school subjects. Latin names I encountered in my Latin class were one example: Umbra is the obvious one (they even referenced its real-world meaning in some descriptions of the character), but others include Pelagia (which means of the sea or seafaring in Latin, appropriate for a Ga-Matoran), Telluris (which means of the earth in Latin and is related to many derived terms which have been mentioned here), etc.Really, though, I encountered a lot more BIONICLE terms with real-world meanings during my own independent research into them than in my school subjects. Almost all the Matoran names in the Mata Nui Online Game II were from real-world words and names related to their elements, and the majority of official terms from 2001 likewise had very sensible real-world meanings in languages from Pacific islands (Ignalu has an interesting dual origin: Ignalu is a portmanteau of Ignis, the Latin word for fire, and Nalu, the Hawaiian word for surf or waves).
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