How Words Can Make Your Day

 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. images.jpeg

My heart pounds as I share this, almost sure what the wordsmith had in mind.





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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82 Responses to How Words Can Make Your Day

  1. I thought of a comment, but it’s not appropriate for Sunday morning.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    I love beautiful or descriptive words, too, Susannah. How much more poetic to use alighted than came down from or got down off of; although descended from isn’t hard on the ears.
    In high school I discovered ‘mayhaps’ and used it often. Pookie utters it now and then.
    Isn’t it lovely to have a wide variety of words to choose from for every occasion?

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  3. Dale says:

    I love when a word comes into our milieu in repetition suddenly. Like, hey! Look at me! Notice me and look me up. See how many ways I can be used. Then use me.

    Alight. Good word.

    Happy Sunday to you!

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  4. Yes, there are words that I simply love to come across in reading. “Plethora” is my favorite.


  5. Eilene Lyon says:

    Ooooo. A good word, indeed. I love coming across something “new” in multiple sources about the same time. Serendipity. Your post alighted on my phone screen at a perfect moment.

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    • See how it lit your sentence right up? I am just rereading M Train, by Patti Smith which is all about her writing life, dedicated to Sam Shephard, and right there in the first few pages she uses…alighted. Serendipitous indeed…:)

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  6. I lost my chance, Susannah. Several sizzling words came to my mind as I read your post on my phone just after the alarm went off. I always tell people I’m a morning person. I am almost instantly awake, and it’s downhill the rest of the day. I showered, put breakfast on the table for the five of us, went to church, ate out, shopped at Aldi’s, took a nap, chatted with son $ and Rose, and now I’m looking at the reader with the computer. The brain is not firing very well 12 hours after reading your post. For the life of me, I can’t remember what I was going to say at 7 this morning. I was amused at the opposite forces you presented. To alight, to come down for a landing, is a downer. To be aroused is an upper.

    I miss my brain when it doesn’t function.

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    • I think my brain has joined yours for a night out. Just now I misplaced something that was right in front of me and is now missing. I tell myself it must be that presence who visits with a sense of humor since any minute it will reappear. Age, that little prankster, Anne has no mercy but a streak of mischief she has…:)

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  7. Sorryless says:

    And now I know the rest of the story as per your comment!

    Alighted. Yes! It’s a great word, Borne of muster and gallivant and perhaps even a little bit of wine well spent.

    Here’s to the wordsmiths that make us swoon.

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  8. robprice59 says:

    Never understood why it isn’t “alit”.
    I like “methinks” and “cornucopia”.

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  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Interesting how your encounter with this uncommon word sparked a post that is eloquent and with a tone that perfectly fit the surprise ending. Thumbs up Susannah!!!! Love this!!!!!

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