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The Word "Lit" is Dead

The Word "Lit" is Dead

Okay, so maybe a word can't actually die, but could it be that the word has gone too far?

 Photo courtesy of  Pintrill

Photo courtesy of Pintrill

A few centuries ago, to be "lit" simply meant to have light (ie, the room was dimly lit). Then the word took on a new meaning - drunk. To be lit was to be more than a few drinks in. The word then began to encompass all forms of being under the influence.

But then, approximately 5 years ago, the word "lit" erupted into a seemingly never-ending list of definitions and uses. A song could be lit, a conversation could be lit, a purse could be lit, a TV show could be lit, a time could be lit, candles could still be lit...just to name a few.  

 Photo courtesy of  Me.Me

Photo courtesy of Me.Me

All good things must come to an end...

Moms, dads, grandmas, businesses, and politicians helped propel this word into the stratosphere and it is there that it died. After one too many uses (most of them being improper use, at that), the word "lit" was finally extinguished. 

 Photo courtesy of  Me.Me

Photo courtesy of Me.Me

So, there ya have it - a brief history lesson in how the word "lit" went from candles, to drunk, to drugs, to everything else, and then to its eventual death. We're sure that our world will find a new word soon, though! In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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