I love language of any kind, but old style words thrill me the most, the feel of them, like slipping into a vintage dress.
Alighted is my latest, coming across it at least ten times in three different books.
A verb meaning…to descend from a train, bus or other form of transport.
She was expected to alight from the 10:07 arriving from Chicago.
He alighted the car with grace, like a thoroughbred, head held high.
It also can be applied to birds…to come down and settle after a flight.
A cardinal, filled with birdsong, alighted on a branch.
As an adjective..burning, on fire, or shining brightly…a lamp on the desk alighted her letter.
Like many words, it has its own melody the way it flows in a sentence gliding with grace…subtle, delicate, like a feather tickling your nose.
In Old English it’s to dismount, to lighten, take off, or take away as in, climbing off a horse, lightening its load.
It also applies to passion…to arouse, evoke, provoke or excite…elicit, stimulate, enliven and electrify.
Her sexual longings were alighted each time they met.
My heart pounds as I share this, almost sure what the wordsmith had in mind.