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michelel72 ([personal profile] michelel72) wrote2012-01-02 10:32 pm
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Feelin' al[l ]right

So, tell me true, flist: Has alright (for all right or okay) actually crossed the critical-mass boundary from misspelling to acceptable neologism? I've suddenly been seeing it everywhere. I always correct it when I beta, but should I just give up and (grudgingly) let it pass? (Or, more likely, take my usual route of inserting a long-winded and pedantic usage note in brackets and leaving the choice up to the writer?)

I try to be accepting of falsely derived terms and variant forms if they serve a distinct purpose. I just don't see any use to introducing alright for all right, though; are there really that many contexts in which readers might confuse the okay interpretation with the each member correct interpretation? Or am I just being too prescriptivist on this one?

I'd usually see what the interwebs think, but the clearest write-ups I can find, although they agree alright is not (yet) standard, are over two years old. That's practically a generation in internet years.
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[personal profile] carolyn_claire 2012-01-03 06:04 am (UTC)(link)
Kill it! Kill it with fire! I will never not point it out in beta. And beat it with sticks. Also the author.
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[personal profile] skaredykat 2012-01-03 07:06 am (UTC)(link)
Alas, I have by now officially given in and given up the fight against "alright" -- 'though forsooth, it didst paineth me to do so!

(Also, belatedly, happy new year to you!)
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[personal profile] rhu 2012-01-03 01:53 pm (UTC)(link)
M-W NI3 unabridged says:

in reputable use although all right is more common
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[personal profile] sentientcitizen 2012-01-04 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
"Alright" does not actually mean "all right" anymore, though. I mean, when I'm saying that something is alright, I'l actually saying that it's acceptable or reasonably okay; if something was actually all right, I'd use different vocabulary; perfect or excellent or ideal, etc, depending on the situation.

Which is sort of a roundabout way of saying that I've been using it for years and don't intend to stop now. *grin* I also use "alot", despite Hyperbole and a Half's awareness-raising efforts.

In my head, they're textual contractions, kind of like cannot. You're still saying "can not", you're just slurring the words together, and so the text reflects that. I don't clearly enunciate the division between "all" and "right" in casual conversation, and similarly I don't feel the need to type it out as two different words in casual writing. Everyone understands what I mean.
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[personal profile] sentientcitizen 2012-01-04 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
(Ahahaha, for a post about spelling/grammar there are an appalling number of spelling/grammar errors in there. Whoops.)
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[personal profile] sentientcitizen 2012-01-09 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
I suppose I could more accurately have said that "alright" NEVER meant "all right" and I don't mind the existence of a distinction now that it's almost moved beyond an idiomatic phrase to become almost a word in its own right via continuous usage. Um. Does that make sense? Keep in mind that I'm tired and just trying to clear out some tabs before bed. *laughs*

Alot is not even a real thing. *sheepish grin* But I probably won't stop. I'm a bit awful like that. Sophia once told me that if she'd met me on the internet instead of IRL she would probably have hated me on sight.

Enormity... does not mean hugeness? The enormity of the situation?

...okay, no, chat acronyms used in dialogue by anyone not either a teenage girl or attempting to be ironic are not okay. That's just hugely distracting.