In this weeks edition of "What Does That Word All the Youths Are Saying Actually Mean?", we will discuss "lit" — or, perhaps more specifically, what it means to get lit and be lit. I know what you all are thinking — to be lit must mean to be high. To be fair, that is certainly the most used definition of the word; in fact, the most popular Urban Dictionary definition of "lit" is, "The state of being so intoxicated (regardless of the intoxicating agent) that all the person can do is smile, so that they look lit up like a light." Whether you've actually recently lit a joint or are just super turnt on tequila shots, getting and being lit via intoxicant is certainly a common use of the word.
But what does lit mean when it's not used in reference to the intoxicated self? Let us once again turn to Urban Dictionary for some guidance:
"When something is turned up or popping."
"Something that is fucking amazing in any sense."
"The act of which a person is excited, or hype due to an upcoming event."
In addition to a person being turnt, being "lit" can also describe an exciting event, a cool person, or general awesomeness.
How about a few examples? First, we see "lit" being used every which way in A$AP Rocky's song "Get Lit":
In the song, he's quite obviously talking about getting high; however, he's also talking about the good times he's excited for (namely the good times that will be associated with girls, clubs, Swishers) and the people he's excited to have those good times with (shoutout to Fat Tony). It's clear that the while the weed is certainly lit, so are A$AP's girls and friends.
We also hear the word emphasized in ILOVEMAJONNEN's "Tuesday," when Drake says, "Tell Gelo bring the juice, we about to get lit":
It's clear that like A$AP, Drake and company are going to be getting lit on drugs and alcohol — but it's also clear that the club itself is pretty lit, too.
So remember kids, there's more than one way to get lit. It's all about doing it safely, with the people you love, and maybe on a Tuesday if the club is going up.