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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 20 08:39:32 EDT 2016


"Set it on fire" is the only acceptable form in my idiot-lect.

JL

On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 12:49 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Speaking of "obsolete," I have the impression that _light on fire_ has
> completely replaced the _set on fire_ of my lost youth.
>
> BTW, has anyone else heard of the album, "Catch a Fire," by Bob Marley and
> the Wailers? When I had only heard of it, I thought that the title was
> "Catch Afire" and I still think that that's what it ought to be. <sigh!>
>
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
>
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