- from Aretha Franklin
You may recognize the expression “in the limelight.” It’s a phrase that describes someone who is the focus of attention.
The expression has nothing to do with the green citrus fruit. Actually, the word limelight got its start in the 19th century. Back then, it referred to a kind of lighting used in theaters. It was produced by calcium oxide, or quicklime. Whether Aretha Franklin knew the history of the phrase or not, she spent plenty of time in the limelight – beginning in the 1960s all the way until her death in 2018 and beyond.