Doctor, my adverb is shrinking

“I think it will be alright.”

Maybe not. But do you want to be correct — or popular?

As dictionary.com points out: “The form alright is a one-word spelling of the phrase all rightAlright is commonly used in written dialogue and informal writing, but all right is the only acceptable form in edited writing. Basically, it is not all right to use alright in standard English.”

(The dictionary.com entry continues: “The popular song ‘The Kids Are Alright’ by The Who is evidence of popular acceptance of the informal alright. However, the creators of the 2010 film The Kids Are All Right couldn’t bring themselves to use the informal variant even if the title was a clear nod to The Who.”)

How did we get from all right to alright? Eh, our language has been contracting for centuries. All ready morphed into already. All together shrank to altogether.

Personally, I think it’s alwrong. But after another long, hard day of battling the deterioration of the English language, I’m alwrung out.

2 thoughts on “Doctor, my adverb is shrinking

  1. Another great tidbit! Hope they keep coming. In my family, there are three former English majors who are enjoying your daily lessons immensely.

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