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June 17, 2010

So yesterday, when discussing my Amtrak trip, I used the term “alight”.  Unless you’re a foamer, or lived in the 1800s, you may not be too familiar with this term, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to enlighten you.

Alight means to descend from a vehicle or to dismount a horse.  The example given at some obscure dictionary website tells is: The queen alighted from her carriage.

I’m not really sure who came up with this term to describe getting off a train.  Can’t we deboard or something?  My best guess is, that when you descend from the train, the train is alight-er.

Bad pun count: 2.  You’re welcome.


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