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Can we make up any old word we want?

Lite, v, to make a fire; lites, liting, lited.

Could we at least describe whether this is a british spelling versus an american spelling; or describe when this word entered the language. Is this really an alternate spelling, or only an alternate spelling amongst illiterates?

Sad to see such uncunning words. In the olden days before the internet, when one might have had only a concise dictionary on the bookshelf, I could understand someone saying this. However, even a quick search leads one to see that aline has a very long history. It's in the Webster 1913 wordbook as well as the 1911 Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia. Soothfast, at, where we also find: alinement, noun / aliner, noun / nonalined, adjective / self-alining, adjective, a little sidebar little tidbit popped up when I looked: People who can define Aline may know 25,233 words, as many as an 8th grader.
A deeper search shows that aline (alyne) goes back to the early 15th century (1410) whereas the spelling of align only back to the late 17th century (per the Oxford Dict.). So aline was the first spelling ... align is the usurper. --AnWulf ... Ferþu Hal! (talk) 11:54, 25 April 2012 (UTC)
Reminds me of rime vs. rhyme Leasnam (talk) 18:43, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
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