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    #1

    Light music or lite music?

    Hi all
    Who knows which one is correct? Light music or lite music?

    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: Light music or lite music?

    "Light" is the traditional, proper way to spell the word, but "lite" is a commercially accepted alternative.

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    Re: Light music or lite music?

    Up to now, I've only heard of lite in relation to low-calorie and low-fat food and beverages — aimed at people trying to lose weight.

    I'm very fond of light music, and hate the thought that it's going to be called anything else.

    Rover

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    #4

    Re: Light music or lite music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Up to now, I've only heard of lite in relation to low-calorie and low-fat food and beverages — aimed at people trying to lose weight.
    Interesting. I didn't even know up until now that lite was in fact a proper word. (Diet coke is spelt "Cola Light".) But apparently it is indeed:
    lite / laɪt / adjective [ usually before noun ]

    especially American English used in the names of some food or drink products to mean that they have fewer calorie s or less fat than other similar products : lite beer

    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
    However, I really don't see the need to spell "light" as "lite". Why the need to spell words differently all of sudden?

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    Re: Light music or lite music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post


    However, I really don't see the need to spell "light" as "lite". Why the need to spell words differently all of sudden?
    There isn't a need, and the mangling of the language hasn't happened all of a sudden. It's just cutesie, eye-catching gimmickry by advertisers and commercial concerns to draw attention to their products, like Kozy Kabins, Chick-fil-A and Krispy K​reme.

    Does the same thing not happen in Dutch, Chicken Sandwich?

    ​Rover

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    #6

    Re: Light music or lite music?

    … "lite" is often used now in various contexts to mean "diluted", "superficial", "ersatz".

    A few grabs from COCA:

    Before the kidnapping, I viewed the organization as a form of Al Qaeda lite.
    Still, compared with past hijinks, this is Lohan lite.
    "It's a settlement lite," Moti says somewhat jokingly. "It's not like moving to East Jerusalem."
    This stuff he peddles – a little Taoism, a little Buddhism, a little this, a little that – it's sort of Zen lite.

    not a teacher

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    #7

    Re: Light music or lite music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
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    However, I really don't see the need to spell "light" as "lite". Why the need to spell words differently all of sudden?
    I think it may have been coined by analogy with 'nite', which is pretty common in collocations like 'nite club/spot/...'. This 'abbreviation' pre-dates SMS by many years, but I wouldn't be surprised if SMS helped.

    In the context of this thread - especially with reference to soft drinks - I was initially thrown by JMurray's mention of COCA.

    b

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    #8

    Re: Light music or lite music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Up to now, I've only heard of lite in relation to low-calorie and low-fat food and beverages — aimed at people trying to lose weight.
    I've heard 'MA lite' used of some modern MA degrees by people who remember what an MA used to involve some years ago.

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    #9

    Re: Light music or lite music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Does the same thing not happen in Dutch, Chicken Sandwich?
    Not that I'm aware of.

    People do use shortened versions of words, for example in text messages, but these words never find their way into dictionaries. One example would be, "thnx" instead of "thanks", and "plz" instead of "please".

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    #10

    Re: Light music or lite music?

    I didn't even know up until now that
    lite was in fact a proper word.
    It might be in the dictionary, but I wouldn't use it in formal writing.

    However, I really don't see the need to spell "light" as "lite". Why the need to spell words differently all of sudden?
    Miller Lite was the first (or one of the first) "lite" beers. It was originally "Lite Beer from Miller" and I am sure the misspelled word aided in getting the name trademarked.

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