Limelight

We're quite familiar with the usage of he word 'Limelight'.Splitting the word does not aid you in getting more information about its etymology.Obviously,there is no lime involved when a person is in the limelight.On googling 'Limelight' my random doubt(also ignoring the string of nightclubs and a Charlie Chaplin movie by the same name)-

Limelight is a type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls. An intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of lime (calcium oxide),which can be raised to 2572°C before melting. The light is produced by a combination of incandescence and candoluminescence. The effect was discovered in the 1820s by Goldsworthy Gurney and the application of the process to create a bright light was developed by Thomas Drummond around 1825. It was widely used in 19th century theatres to illuminate the stage and was first used in a public theatre at Covent Garden in London in 1837.Clearly, actors who were the centre of attention on stage being said to be in the limelight. The figurative use, to people or things that were the centre of attention outside the world of theatre, came into use around the turn of the 20th century.Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be "in the limelight".

Some enlightment......

Comments

Mallik said…
good blog by mallinine@yahoo.com
rubs said…
hmmm..r u my dear tryin to be in ta limelight wid tis post??
anusha said…
@ rubs

nope-but if i was trying,dont suppose its working! :P

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