The word lit, in recent years, has been incredibly mainstream and has grown increasingly broad as a term that has a lot of meanings such as something exciting, cool, and/or intense. But ever since the term captured fame back in 2015, the original meaning has been buried under the new definitions. The word’s roots can be traced all the way back in the 1910’s when it was first introduced to the English language. At the time, the word meant to be intoxicated or to lose control of your behavior due to consuming an alcoholic drinks or a drug. The original meaning of lit comes from the definition referring to something illuminated.
In the year of 2004 , lit shifted meaning. It no longer meant to be intoxicated, it now meant something excellent or an extended use of the word meaning a favorite on a social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram. Trusted word definition platforms like Urban Dictionary added the term for the first time in 2009. Then, lit finally started gaining popularity in late 2015, according to Google Trends reached its peak popularity on November 25-December 1, 2018. During that time lit had been commonly used on social media websites or apps. Some example sentences of the term being used are, “Honestly, the birthday party at Main Event where we did laser tag was pretty lit.” Or if I use the 1910’s meaning for lit, “The stinky man in the streets was lit after drinking alcohol in the rundown bar.” Lit has come a long way ever since the term was introduced to the English language in the 1910’s, from shifting its meaning in 2004, and hitting its popularity peak in 2018 according to Google Trends.
By: Daniel Garcia
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