It has happened again. Yes, it took a few months. I finally succumbed to intense strain and frustration I felt as I glanced across my Facebook status notifications. This, my friends, is the result of that agony. Many people out there are using words on a daily basis that are not actually words at all!
Horror! I know. The trouble is, you could be one of them! I myself struggled with understanding the spelling of a few of these “words” in the past. Today I am here to set the record straight – to help you become a better, more knowledgeable and competent writer. If you are one of the dozens of individuals using a form of these “words,” don’t sweat it. Be grateful that you too can be liberated from the grip of this beast. You can be free!
Alright is not all right.
The word alright is often used by people as a type of slang word or in conversation. However, this form of the word incorrect. Alright is technically not a word in the English language at all. The correct spelling is all right.
The definitions of all right are:
- yes; very well; ok. EX: All right, I’m ready for bed.
- satisfactory; acceptable. EX: You did all right at the game today.
- without fail; certainly. EX: I’ll make an A on that test all right!
- safe; sound. EX: Are you sure my kitty is all right?
Today’s young people are trying to change the acceptance of the word alright into our English language by simply misspelling the words all right and using alright in its place for the same definitions. In the years to come alright may appear in dictionaries and be accepted in college essays, but that time has not yet come. So until then, use the words correctly, all right?
Here’s another word I hear alot.
That’s right, fans. The word alot is not actually a word at all. In fact, if you search dictionary.com for the word alot, they ask you ever-so-sweetly if you meant the word alto!
The definition for the phrase a lot:
- Very many; a large number; very much. EX: I love you a lot!
Because this word denotes the size of something, it makes sense that it would be two separate words. For example, we use the word lot to describe spaces – parking lot or a lot for a building. When we use this phrase to describe a huge number, it is easy to see that we would not want the a touching the lot.
I really hope this helps you all out a lot to see when certain words are all right to use and when they aren’t.