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

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 15 21:03:51 EST 2017


I would also assume "gaslighted" is older, which is why I was surprised to
hear "gaslit" used in the 1965 "Gomer Pyle" episode -- which, even if it's
not the earliest known use of the verb (thanks to Stephen and Garson
finding cites from 1961 and 1962) is still pretty early in the term's
development.


On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 7:22 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> I will only say that 'gaslighted' seems older, 'gaslit' more recent.
>
> OTOH, I can't imagine using 'highlit' instead of 'highlighted'.
>
> DanG
>
> On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 10:47 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Wouldn't the word "gaslit" be familiar
> >
> >
> > To whom? How can anyone tell? I *prefer* "gaslighted," but I don't feel
> > that "gaslit" is "wrong," in any sense. The difference is akin to that
> > between "ee-conomic" and "eh-conomic" or "ee-ther" and "eye-ther" or
> > "thrive, throve, thriven" and "thrive, thrived, thrived," IMO.
> >
> > "You pays your money, and you takes your choice."
> >
> > "Different strokes for different folks."
> >
> > Youneverknow.
> >
>

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