Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Enough of all this sweetness

I recently read that the non-word "alot" might be added to the dictionary because it is used by so many people. Somebody shoot me.

"Alot" is no more a word than "alittle" is a word. "Alot" is two words. Allot is one word. Look it up.

Thanks, alot.

D'oh!

10 comments:

Jen T. (soon to be E.) said...

Gah, I hate that one. I hope that the serious dictionary publishers of the world don't compromise our grammar by making it a "real word."

We're doomed, I fear.

Leslie said...

You had me completely freaking out. I'm saying to myself, "Alot isn't a word? Isn't that how I write it? Have I been writing it wrong?"

Then, I went back and searched my blog. It appears that I use "a lot" rather than "alot."

I'm safe, but not because I'm wise. Just lucky.

Susan in St. Paul said...

I use a lot, a lot, but I also use a spell checker for most things. That is what is so cool about emailing blog posts, the gmail spell checker.

I don't mind some of the new words like computer terms added to the dictionary but common misspellings is just wrong.

Who knows where this could lead? Is it only a matter of time before "there", "their" and "they're" will all mean the same thing?

TexasGal said...

I'll admit it! I'm guilty of using it. But my husband would tell you that is because I went to High School in Huntsville, TX and in English, we could also use "Fixin' to" and "gonna". I'm serious! However, I guess he forgot I also gratuated from college.

Laurie said...

Jen - I fear, too.

Leslie - Hahaha! You instinctually did the right thing.

Susan - Good point. I agree NEW words okay but not validation for WRONG words.

Texas Gal - Oh, that's funny.

pokerboss said...

Sounds like abuncha shit to me.

Lorna said...

I liked this feisty post alot. I liked it abunch. It was ahellofagood one. You deserve anaward.

Laurie said...

Pokerboss and Lorna - Youguysaresofunny.

Adela said...

Please tell me you're joking.

Here's my favorite pet peeve in this category: log in vs. login. How many people do you know (besides Jen and me, of course) who use them correctly?

Laurie said...

Adela - Hmmm,I wonder if I do that. Let's see, "Please log in then proceed." Nope, I'm good.