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The use of "Alot" and "Alright" is just ignorance.

Dear CapK,

Thanks alot!


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I always write a lot and all right as separate words.

I only dread the day that I have to write either as one word in order to be formally correct, and I hope that day won't happen in my lifetime!

Now could I just learn to spell crysalis correctly, I'd be a happy girl!

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I write the words separately. Even though I know the squished up versions are accepted I get an "ugh" feeling when I see them.


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My older (1950) dictionary lists 'alright' and says it's an 'unaccepted' spelling. I've always seen this around very commonly, and can't see any objection to it. Why all right but already?

'Alot' is new to me; I've seen it only very recently, on the Internet; except that I rather fancy an American pen-friend of mine also used it years ago, and it struck me as odd then. I doubt I've ever seen it in print. I regarded it as a puzzling spelling mistake until I worked out it was a current Americanism. There is no true precedent for it (*abit, *amoment) where the 'a' is the article, but plenty of eye-precedents, such as aloft and ago and aback.


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eye-precedents

Nice term, I like it. Is it an official linguistics term?


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Glad you liked it. I do too. I made it up on the spot.


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NW,

I like it too. Explains alot [sic] of false analogies out there.
Quick! Send it to the OED! tsuwm and Faldage know all the right people...


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I think this is the first time I have ever seen alot [shudder].

Where all right means all correct (Her answers were all right, not a single mistake) I would always (bar typos of course) spell it as two words. Where it implies a grudging acceptance ("Don't slouch." "Alright") I would use the one word variation.

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I'm with bel - I get an "ugh" feeling when I see these words missing an "l" and squished together. And I'm with CK and Jackie, right there wit me finger in the dyke, grimacing as the waters rise around my ankles, my knees, my waist, my...um...bra....


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