[Ads-l] _light on fire_ vs. _set on fire_

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Oct 20 10:51:39 EDT 2016


> On Oct 20, 2016, at 10:48 AM, Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM> wrote:
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> Then there's The Doors:
> 
>       Come on baby, light my fire
>       Come on baby, light my fire
>       Try to set the night on fire
> 
> Didn't this get Banned In Bostoned once?

I think Jim Morrison was banned in some places because of an incident in which he unzipped and displayed or (depending on your sources) pretended to do so in Miami rather than because of amy of his lyrics.

LH

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> R.
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>>    On 20 October 2016 at 14:59 W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>>    John set the house on fire. (OK)
>>    John set the house ablaze. (OK)
>>    John set the house afire. (?)
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>>    The rumor spread like a house on fire / afire. (OK / OK)
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