is it correct to say : we're getting lit this weekend ? lit here means enjoyable party

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'Lit' has been a slang term meaning "intoxicated" for over a century. More recently, it has acquired the meaning "exciting," as well as a broader meaning along the lines of "excellent."

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    Most reasonably literate native speakers would recognise lit (or lit up) as dated slang for "drunk, intoxicated", but I doubt 1 in 100 would ever have used it. Probably not 1 in 1000, to be honest. Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 12:41
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    I've used it, as have a number of people of my acquaintance. If you say "we're getting lit this weekend" I would take that to mean you're going to be drinking large volumes of alcohol this weekend.
    – Rob K
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 13:48
  • I know what the slang means, but the only place I've heard it used is in a movie from 1958. There are many, many other slang expressions for "get drunk" that are more current. It's possible that it's still used in parts of the English-speaking world, but I'd wait for a native speaker to say it before using it myself.
    – Andrew
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 17:28
  • @Andrew Do you ever read the N.Y. Times? It's used all over the world, every day, by English speaking young people. Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 18:59
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    I hear lit quite often from kids lately, almost always in the generic 'cool' meaning.
    – user230
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 19:33

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Lit in the modern vernacular means not only "intoxicated" (or "lit up") but has come to be a positive modifier which occupies roughly the same semantic space occupied over the years by such terms as cool and groovy, and swingin(g).

This very day in the New York Times, the "Quotation of the Day" is:

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If you use the expression as in your question, though, you will tell your listener that you (the plural you) intend to become intoxicated this weekend. If you want to communicate instead that the party will be enjoyable, you might express it as:

"The party this weekend is going to be lit."


If a person is getting lit, he or she is taking drugs to become intoxicated. The listener/reader will not interpret that as him/her being exciting.

If a party is lit, I believe that would mean it's exciting.

If a party was lit, I believe that would mean it was excellent.

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    You can also use "lit" to simply mean awesome, just in the same way that people use(d) "cool" or "sweet" or "tight" when confirming/agreeing with something.
    – user30379
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 12:34

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