First of all, the winner of my giveaway is
Congrats! Now on with the word of the week. =)
I'd never paused to wonder where in the world that word came from, but it's pretty simple. The popular name for the Drummond Light, this type used an incandecent of lime to create a brilliant light first put to use in lighthouses. It was then adopted for the stage in Victorian days, used to spotlight a principle actor.
Created in 1825 (for the lighthouse light), by 1877 it had adopted the slightly metaphorical sense of being the center of attention from its theatrical uses.
Do you like to be in the limelight? My daughter loves it...my son hates it...not so different from their parents, LOL. I always loved being the center of attention (odd for someone who considers herself otherwise an introvert), but my hubby will find some amazingly creative ways to avoid it. ;-)