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#21086 - 03/04/01 06:20 PM Lighted/lit
des Offline
journeyman

Registered: 02/02/01
Posts: 52
Loc: Indianapolis transplanted to S...
She "lighted" a cigarette...She "lit" a cigarette????
All the books I read or taped books I listen to invariably say "lighted". These are mostly mysteries. What is wrong with "lit"? Obviously I didn't hold up hand when asked if I wanted to know about grammer,etc...to late to ask forgiveness!



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#21087 - 03/04/01 06:54 PM Re: Lighted/lit
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
My dictionary says "lit" is an alternative for "lighted". I don't see any important choice between them.


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#21088 - 03/05/01 04:07 AM Re: Lighted/lit
RhubarbCommando Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/23/00
Posts: 2204
I agree with Bill on this. My own choice would be guided entirely by which sounded best to me at the time.

I have noticed, over the past ten or fifteen years, that this alternative construction has been carried over (usually, but not always in a jocular vein) to other words. So, one is neither "frighted" nor "frightened", but "frit". Which, I suppose, makes the agent of afright a "fritter"



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#21089 - 03/05/01 05:00 AM Re: Lighted/lit
Marianna Offline
addict

Registered: 01/09/01
Posts: 427
Loc: Spain
My preference for "lit" is entirely phonological. It is sharp and immediate, much like turning lights on with a switch or striking a match.



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#21090 - 03/05/01 08:58 AM Re: Lighted/lit
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear RC: Careful about frit. It is used in ceramics for some of the materials used. So don't fritter away your energies on it. I'd be frightened to eat your fritter, lest an afrit be released. wwh


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#21091 - 03/05/01 09:52 AM Re: Lighted/lit
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Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/23/00
Posts: 2204
Dear Bill,
I will be careful: I would hate to cause a rift between us - the very thought gives me terrif. pain. I will give very serious thought before I include it in my tarif.



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#21092 - 03/05/01 10:02 AM Re: Lighted/lit
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear RC: Indeed the Mid-Alantic rift is rift enough between us.


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#21093 - 03/05/01 10:18 AM Re: Lighted/lit
RhubarbCommando Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 08/23/00
Posts: 2204
But it would be as nothing if I weren't frit of flying!



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#21094 - 03/05/01 11:04 AM Re: Lighted/lit
Bean Offline
old hand

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 1156
I am surprised...I don't think I would ever say "lighted". I didn't even know it was a "real word". The exclusive use of "lit" must be some strange Canadian thing...or western Canadian thing...I don't really know. [shrug]


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#21095 - 03/05/01 11:18 AM Re: Lighted/lit
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 13858
Dear Bean: You have lighted a fire under me. But I will be delighted by its warmth. Just now a mockingbird alighted on the telephone wire outside me window. All the birds here are flighted. Not an ostrich in sight, I plight my troth.
I am benighted enough to use both "lit" and "lighted."


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