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.