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IN WHICH I EMBRACE “ALOT”

Posted by Lissa on April 14, 2010

I’m not a grammar Nazi by any stretch of the word, but I have been known to pitch hissy-fits over this word.  I’ve frequently opined that if ever, god forbid, I became a teacher, I would have a big flashy sign over my desk:

“A LOT IS TWO WORDS.  GET IT RIGHT, OR GET OUT.”

But no longer!  I embrace — I cherish, even — “alot”!

The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people’s grammar.  It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.  


For example, when I read the sentence “I care about this alot,” this is what I imagine: 

Similarly, when someone says “alot of _______”, I picture an Alot made out of whatever they are talking about.  

BLESS ALLIE AND HER ALOT.

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5 Responses to “IN WHICH I EMBRACE “ALOT””

  1. I LOL’d!

    Great post! alots are wicked cute! I want an alot!

  2. It would appear you have alot of time on your hands.

    Just kidding.

  3. Brad K. said

    Now if there was just a way to let people know when you’re supposed to use your punctuation correctly, as in days of yore.

  4. Michael said

    Great post! I laughed alot!

  5. wolfwalker said

    Alots, eh? Evil beasts. They’re herding animals, sorta like sheepdogs, except that alots herd tuits. Especially the round variety, which are very rare and highly prized as a result.

    You’ve never heard of a tuit? Oh, of course you have. Everybody has. You’ve wished for one yourself. Yes, you have. How many times have you said “Oh, I’ll do that as soon as I get a round tuit…”

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