Monday, September 16, 2013

I SEE A LOT OF ALOT

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Your Queen must discuss a very serious issue with you: "ALOT" is not a word.

It's "a lot". And please don't try to replace "a lot" with "allot". That action could push us over the edge, and we would not be amused.





Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

32 comments:

  1. I am a non-violent person, but repeated use of alot could drive me to war.

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    1. Sometimes I want to grab the nearest non-violent weapon and use it on people, but then I remind myself that non-violent weapon is an oxymoron.

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  2. I follow a Grammar FB page with loads of stuffies like this. I love grammar faux paws ~~ LOL >~~>

    Ron for Sophie, hey sometimes I feel like SOphie!!

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    1. Grammar faux paws can be interesting, but they bring out my violent side.

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    1. What's your address? I need to send a "friend" to visit you.

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  4. Dear Janie, alot is an example that can be matched with "for awhile." The word "awhile" means "for a while." so to use "for awhile (one word)" we are really saying "for for a while"!!!!! Peace.

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  5. You are right! It's a bad habit that I sometimes fall prey to.

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    1. We all have bad habits. My nail polish looks less than perfect today, and many other days.

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  6. I tried, fruitlessly mostly, to teach my students: "You don't write 'alittle' so don't write 'alot.' Mostly, students were hopeless in remembering this.

    As I typed, the program kept changing these to the correct spelling. Maybe I have forced the program into submission!

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  7. I see "alot" a lot, too, & it bugs me!! What's your opinion of "awhile"?

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    1. See Dee's comment on this topic above. "A while" is a noun, and "awhile" is an adverb.

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  8. Another one of my peeves. I know I never screw that one up!

    -andi

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  9. Yeah, I see a lot of that. Ha. I even know of a case where a writer insisted his editor stop correcting his use of "alot" because, although he knew it was wrong, he wanted to write it that way anyway!

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    1. Was it because a character was writing it and the character was stupid?

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    2. Nope, no such excuse. The book's writer just liked spelling it that way!

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    3. A firing squad would be too kind.

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  10. Thank you for writing this!!! I see it "a lot"!! Hugs XX

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    1. Thank you for your correct usage, Barb.

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  11. Who says "alot" every one should know it is a lot but then we do wonder about the youth of the day...........shortening words all the time and writing non words like they are words.......

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  12. THat's super annoying, almost as bad as their and they're...

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  13. Okay... just as long as I can still say it as one word. :)

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    1. You should say it however you want, darlin'.

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