|Synonyms:||ALE (Adult Lego Enthusiast)|
|See also:||KFOL, TFOL|
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BrickWiki defines the term as follows:
Adult Fan Of LEGO or AFOL refers to those adult hobbyists who build with or collect LEGO. Quite often these people played with LEGO as children, went through what are called dark ages, in which their interest in LEGO waned, but then regained their enthusiasm for the hobby.The term AFOL was first used on rec.toys.lego (aka RTL), an Usenet newsgroup that preceded some of the more modern forums such as LUGNET. Jeff Thompson first used the term "Adult Fan of LEGO" on RTL on June 13, 1995. On June 14, Matthew Verdier turned this into acronym form. "AFOL" was added to Derek Schin's guide of RTL acronyms on August 12, 1995.