[Ads-l] Facebookery: "Sally refuses to be _gaslit_."

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 15 10:47:48 EST 2017


Wouldn't the word "gaslit" be familiar in the sense of "lit by gas", and
wouldn't the Academy Award nominated movie and it's context be familiar to
just about everyone?

I don't think the connection is hard to make.

On Jan 13, 2017 11:49 AM, "ADSGarson O'Toole" <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Ben Zimmer wrote:
> > It's remarkable that "gaslighting" was considered common enough
> > knowledge by then that it didn't require an explanation tying it back
> > to the movie, and it's equally remarkable that the verb had already
> > taken on the irregular morphology of "gaslit" for the past tense /
> > past participle.
>
> Great citation, Ben.
>
> Maybe the term was familiar to movie and television screenplay writers
> because it facilitated convenient shorthand descriptions when
> discussing plot mechanics. The writers may have misjudged the
> popularity/frequency of "to gaslight" in the general populace. Perhaps
> "to gaslight" was largely unknown to people similar to the characters
> in "Gomer Pyle, USMC" before it appeared on television.
>
> Garson
>
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 8:15 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> I prefer _gaslighted_, but...
> >>
> >> Youneverknow.
> >>
> >> I grew up in the home of the Laclede Gas-Light Company, so...
> >>
> >>
> >
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