This is driving me mad!!

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  1. MmmPancakes macrumors 6502

    MmmPancakes

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    Is it "well-lit" or "Well-lighted"?

    Like "be sure to walk down a well-lighted alley"....
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i personally would say "well-lit" but anything out of formal writing is a non-point really, its all opinions and personal preference.
     
  3. zelmo macrumors 603

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    "After that 12-pack of Sam Adams, I was pretty well lit."

    There's my vote.;)
     
  4. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm actually drinking a Sam Adams right now, and my girlfriend just said well-lighted. It makes my ears hurt. But at the same time, the term passed the Google litmus test. This is a major paradigm shift for me.

    On top of it all, I have a BA in English and an MA in Technical Communication. I'm supposed to know this. Stupid worthless advanced degree.
     
  5. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    You wouldn't say the candle is lighted, you would say the candle is lit.

    Thats my vote.
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i have a B.A. in English as well. i honestly think that the correct useage would be 'wel-lit'

    Lighted isn't in the dictionary afterall so how can something be well-lighted? :D
     
  7. iIra macrumors member

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    The dashboard dictionary in Tiger says lighted and lit are interchangeable. But I say lighted is stupid. :D
     
  8. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahhhh soothing words. TIme for another beer.
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    here here! me too! :D
     
  10. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll raise a beer in your honor. I'm from downstate Illinois (C-U!) originally, but live in Texas now. Chicago holds a special place in my heart.
     
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    and i will raise one for you as well! i will have to visit Texas one day, for many many reasons.....

    but now.... drinking, music, writing, and posting on MR!
     
  12. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    So it is wel-lit, with only one "l" in "well"? Or didn't that B.A. do its job :p
     
  13. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    lol. It was a B.A. form a Texas state university, after all!
     
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    Sounds like a plan. When you arrive, lets raise one together and talk about some Apple goodness with the iPod/Airplay on the speakers.
     
  15. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Hmm, 'well-lit' sounds better but wouldn't that technically be a past participle form of 'to light?'
     
  16. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My eyes just glazed over, and a set of elipses just formed over my head.
     
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    be happy to hang out, but Katie might steal me away before i see any of Texas first :D
     
  18. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Katie?
     
  19. dops7107 macrumors 6502a

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    Good old English. Personal preference of course (I prefer lit, it's more elegant and poetic), but if we believe dictionary.com then:

    "Usage Note: Lighted and lit are equally acceptable as past tense and past participle of light. Both forms are also well established as adjectives: a lighted (or lit) candle."
     
  20. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yes, and she is one of the reasons i have to go to Texas someday. :D
     
  21. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Indeed. Technically, my B.A. was in English Lit, so you're in good company. Greetings to my well-versed friend across the pond!
     
  22. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    Katie Ta Achoo, she lives in Houston and has a major crush on PlaceofDis. ;)
     
  23. MmmPancakes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Don't forget Sandra Bullock lives just outside of Austin.

    Mmmmmm Sandra. Gawwrrrrllll :p~~~
     
  24. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    where did you go for your B.A.?

    i was at Northern IL for mine, just curious, mine too was more in Literary study than anything else
     

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