If I say:

Wow! Diwali party, that sounds great; on the lighter note, who is sponsoring it?

Am I correct in using "on the lighter note"? I am using it as saying something funny/witty.
Please let me know, if it is wrong, the correct usage of it.


No. On a lighter note generally means "On a less serious topic." In addition, the phrase is typically used with the word a, not the word the.


Many people have died during the War in Afghanistan. On a lighter note, where should we have lunch?

  • If i a not wrong we use it when there is no relation b/w two sentences like there is no relation between Afghanistan war and lunch ? Nov 3 '10 at 6:12
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    @Rakesh It's a phrase used to tie a conversation together, but the two sentences do not have to be related.
    – waiwai933
    Nov 3 '10 at 6:14
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    @Rakesh: you don't join any two sentences together. It's used when you're talking about a serious or sad topic. After the conversation is over on that topic, you want to mention something simple/trivial, like where to go to eat or to suggest to play a video game. So you say "On a lighter note... let's play some video games!" Otherwise it would sound kind of strange: "And that's why the USA nuked Japan. Hey let's get sushi!"
    – Claudiu
    Nov 3 '10 at 13:41
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    I think that using "on a lighter note" to connect two completely unrelated phrases such as these carries a tone of sarcasm or the unsaid statement: "We can't do much with <first statement>, so let's move on to <second statement>."
    – Chris
    Nov 3 '10 at 15:04
  • @ChrisDwyer: Hence this classic TV news segue: "Well, that's ethnic cleansing for you. On a lighter note, are you ready for some football?!" Apr 22 '12 at 22:58

Typically used as a formal way of gracefully switching from a serious topic to a less serious one.


Manchester United has dropped crucial points in the last two EPL encounters making the fans restless. On a lighter note, we need to drink our heads off this evening to celebrate your birthday.

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    I can see this is correct example, but I don't see what you are hoping this clarifies. Apr 22 '12 at 19:53

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