Do you wonder why Americans say “I’m going to the movies” (plural) when they are only going to see one movie? Well, some people think it’s because most movie theaters today have a number of movie screens and several movies show at one time. But, in fact, the word movies existed long before multiscreen movie theaters. Early films were called moving pictures so movies became a kind of nickname (the plural movies corresponds to the plural pictures). Films were later called motion pictures, but the name movies stuck, and we still have it today.