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24 October 2006 @ 07:42 am
Bloody. I hate it when I find out that a word/spelling that I’ve been using is incorrect. I discovered this about “alot” awhile ago. Apparently it’s not a word; it should always be “a lot”. And now I’m discovering that “alright” isn’t technically... um, all right. I’ve been using it in the same way you’d distinguish “already” and “all ready”. “Alright” seems to be a widely used spelling though, and I don’t think it’s wrong, so much as alternate. Plus, I think it looks better, so I’m going to keep using it. *snicker* Also, I was confused about “toward” and “towards”, but apparently there are no specific rules about it, it just depends upon which one you prefer. I’m sure there was some other thing I was puzzled about, too...
CriScOcrisco747 on October 24th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
That's funny, I always wondered why you seemed to try and write so proper yet used that incorrect contraction. Guess that explains it :)
Rev: Aya - reverie_shadow on October 24th, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
Oh I've done that plenty of times, and it's annoying when you find stuff like that out, and end up having to go back to fix all of the reocurring errors.

Kind of like farther and further, which I learned about in a literary magazine. I see this mistake a lot. "Farther" refers to distance, such as "farther down the road". Whereas "further" doesn't refer to distance, but something more like "this comment can go no further".

I prefer to say "all right" over "alright", but seeing as I've seen published works use both in the exact same contexts, I guess there is no correct way of spelling it.