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(The Week)   Alot of you grammar nerds need to chill the F*CK OUT about the word 'alot'   (theweek.com) divider line 130
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2014-07-17 02:08:11 PM
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What an Alot may look like.
 
2014-07-17 02:11:29 PM
Writing it as one word makes me a ngry.
 
2014-07-17 02:16:53 PM
That's just f*cking stupid

/a lot
 
2014-07-17 02:39:26 PM
We prolly should.
 
2014-07-17 02:42:37 PM
Alot of you grammar nerds need to chill the F*CK OUT about the word 'alot'

Fixed. Seriously, nobody currr.
 
2014-07-17 02:42:41 PM
Subby should of used "alright" in the headline too.
 
2014-07-17 02:43:13 PM
Is it too much to ask people to use spell check?
 
2014-07-17 02:44:48 PM

MrBallou: Writing it as one word makes me a ngry.


www.reactiongifs.com
 
2014-07-17 02:45:11 PM
It's a perfectly cromulent word.
 
2014-07-17 02:47:45 PM
No, a lot of you chucklefarks need to start writing is as "a lot."
 
2014-07-17 02:48:59 PM
I think we should take our cues from the Germans and start compressing all our words together and hating the Turkish.
 
2014-07-17 02:49:47 PM
It wouldn't be an issue if you would all use the even more proper English spelling of "alout."
 
2014-07-17 02:51:14 PM
Can we freak out about it abit?
 
2014-07-17 02:53:24 PM
Alright now.
 
2014-07-17 02:53:56 PM
I'm just now coming to terms with "alright."
 
2014-07-17 02:55:58 PM
So for the longest time I used to use alot. The reason? When I was in grade school I had an English teacher who taught us that "a lot" is referring to a piece of land, and "alot" is many things...

Seriously

An English teacher...

It wasn't until I got to college before I was corrected... Then I looked back and tried to figure out if I was ever counted off in high school for improperly spelling it the whole time, and I honestly couldn't.

I think back and realize that I could have been a better teacher than the ones I had in school, but I dropped my methods classes and switched majors when NCLB was implemented...
 
2014-07-17 02:58:38 PM

give me doughnuts: No, a lot of you chucklefarks need to start writing is as "a lot."


Why?

People understand that alot means the same as a lot.  They're both equally valid symbols.
 
2014-07-17 02:59:14 PM
Bullshiat. That word was beaten out of my lexicon all throughout my education. fark you assholes, stop trying to change the rules now.
 
2014-07-17 03:02:08 PM
I read that as programmer nerds for some reason.

Syntax and spelling matter when writing code.

/* except for comments, but real programmers don't write comments.
 * If it was hard to code, it should be hard to understand! */
 
2014-07-17 03:03:32 PM

Arkanaut: Is it too much to ask people to use spell check?


And what fun would that be?


/I like to shoot from the hip with headlines
 
2014-07-17 03:03:58 PM

Mirrorz: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

What an Alot may look like.


came for this.
 
2014-07-17 03:04:15 PM
There is linguistic evolution, and there is being too lazy to hit the space bar. The supporters of "alot" would find themselves getting a lot more respect if they were not so transparently the latter case.
 
2014-07-17 03:05:00 PM

give me doughnuts: No, a lot of you chucklefarks need to start writing is as "a lot."


You do not use quotes to emphasize a word. You underline or italicize the word.
 
2014-07-17 03:06:15 PM
I can handle "alot" and "irregardless" and most other not-really-a-word words.

my biggest gripe is using "I" as part of a compound object:  "Come see Jimmy and I."  "That belongs to Sarah and I".

I even once heard someone on TV say "Christy and I's relationship".  yes, he literally used Eye-Apostrophe-Ess as a possessive.

it's become WAY more common in the past decade.  I'm not *quite* stabby yet ...
 
2014-07-17 03:06:24 PM

sendtodave: give me doughnuts: No, a lot of you chucklefarks need to start writing is as "a lot."

Why?

People understand that alot means the same as a lot.  They're both equally valid symbols.


You're why nuns still (and rightly so) use rulers in Catholic schools.
 
2014-07-17 03:06:33 PM

Dinobot: Mirrorz: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

What an Alot may look like.

came for this.


Yup.
 
2014-07-17 03:06:45 PM

CeroX: So for the longest time I used to use alot. The reason? When I was in grade school I had an English teacher who taught us that "a lot" is referring to a piece of land, and "alot" is many things...


Mine did that, too.
 
2014-07-17 03:10:05 PM
The English language doth changeth verily.

Thou shalt get over it.
 
2014-07-17 03:10:12 PM

skyotter: I can handle "alot" and "irregardless" and most other not-really-a-word words.

my biggest gripe is using "I" as part of a compound object:  "Come see Jimmy and I."  "That belongs to Sarah and I".

I even once heard someone on TV say "Christy and I's relationship".  yes, he literally used Eye-Apostrophe-Ess as a possessive.

it's become WAY more common in the past decade.  I'm not *quite* stabby yet ...


My old big blond biatch boss principal, who has an advanced degree in Childhood Education, committed that atrocity in every single faculty meeting. I prayed every week to merciless and indifferent gods for her demise.
 
2014-07-17 03:13:55 PM
yah - srsly. alot of u ppl need 2 relax
 
2014-07-17 03:14:14 PM

give me doughnuts: No, a lot of you chucklefarks need to start writing is as "a lot."


Yes.  Writing is.  Writing is EVERYWHERE!

/hee hee hee hee...
 
2014-07-17 03:14:20 PM
Google 'Word Crimes Weird Al' and you will see a good example of how the language has been butchered.
 
2014-07-17 03:16:36 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: skyotter: I can handle "alot" and "irregardless" and most other not-really-a-word words.

my biggest gripe is using "I" as part of a compound object:  "Come see Jimmy and I."  "That belongs to Sarah and I".

I even once heard someone on TV say "Christy and I's relationship".  yes, he literally used Eye-Apostrophe-Ess as a possessive.

it's become WAY more common in the past decade.  I'm not *quite* stabby yet ...

My old big blond biatch boss principal, who has an advanced degree in Childhood Education, committed that atrocity in every single faculty meeting. I prayed every week to merciless and indifferent gods for her demise.


I've *tactfully* corrected my bosses several times -- I'm my group's designated proofreader -- but it never sticks.

apparently, they were literally taught that "and me" should never ever be used, ever, even when it's correct.
 
2014-07-17 03:19:38 PM
Ha! I recalled some attempted harassment by grammer Nazis because of 'a lot'. They quit after I gave them allot of shiat.
 
2014-07-17 03:20:18 PM

paswa17: yah - srsly. alot of u ppl need 2 relax


My fiance and I told our daughter that when she texts us, she must use correct spelling and punctuation (only exception is 'lol'). People start using those so much it starts to bleed into their professional work.
 
2014-07-17 03:20:43 PM
I don't freak out when people use "alot". I just quietly make assumptions about their intelligence and education.
 
2014-07-17 03:21:46 PM

Coloman: Google 'Word Crimes Weird Al' and you will see a good example of how the language has been butchered.


That video is fantastic.
 
2014-07-17 03:30:00 PM
After the first mention of "Stay awhile," I mentally added "and listen" and then proceeded to read the whole article in the voice of Deckard Cain. Twas most fun.
 
2014-07-17 03:31:35 PM
Coming soon: awholelot, abunch and ashiat-ton,
 
2014-07-17 03:31:54 PM
Try this little test: type get ahold of alot for awhile into your Microsoft Word.
I'll get right on that as soon as I own Microsoft, Inc. In the meantime can I try typing it into my copy of that software instead?
 
2014-07-17 03:36:19 PM
Their goin too they're libary two right a book on the write way to spel there mostest hated gammer mistake; alot.
 
2014-07-17 03:38:33 PM

Kome: After the first mention of "Stay awhile," I mentally added "and listen" and then proceeded to read the whole article in the voice of Deckard Cain. Twas most fun.


Actually I first heard  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1_fDwX1VVY  this in my head...

/My lawn, off it!
 
2014-07-17 03:39:29 PM

skyotter: I can handle "alot" and "irregardless" and most other not-really-a-word words.

my biggest gripe is using "I" as part of a compound object:  "Come see Jimmy and I."  "That belongs to Sarah and I".

I even once heard someone on TV say "Christy and I's relationship".  yes, he literally used Eye-Apostrophe-Ess as a possessive.

it's become WAY more common in the past decade.  I'm not *quite* stabby yet ...


i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-17 03:40:30 PM

exick: Alot of you grammar nerds need to chill the F*CK OUT about the word 'alot'

Fixed. Seriously, nobody currr.


Just because you are expressing a desire to demonstrate your ignorance of the english language does not mean that the rest of us should or will follow your shining example.
 
2014-07-17 03:47:53 PM
A flow chart:

Did the grammar/spelling mistake introduce readability or ambiguity issues?
           |                                        |
          NO                                       YES
           |                                        |
           V                                        V
       Shut up                            Complain an appropriate amount
 
2014-07-17 03:50:59 PM

Mirrorz: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

What an Alot may look like.


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2014-07-17 03:51:00 PM

paswa17: yah - srsly. alot of u ppl need 2 relax


NOTE:  I know you're kidding there, this is not aimed at you.


While I will never, NEVER capitulate to alot=a lot or any of the other nonsense, this "text speak" will be what drives me round the bend.  How the hell hard is it to use actual words?

In my short (VERY short) time on a couple of dating sites, I didn't even respond if the entry in my inbox consisted of "hey u cute wnt 2 mt up sn?" If you can't communicate in actual words I have no use for you.

Regards,

2 srs INR?
 
2014-07-17 03:54:57 PM
I came in here hoping someone would like to Word Crimes, so I had an excuse to watch it. You people sicken me.
 
2014-07-17 04:02:26 PM
I tend to judge people based on their use of language.

If someone is incapable of the basics of communication, or unable to express themselves in a way which easily allows others to understand, I think less of that person. I doubt their competence, as is shows that simple tasks are beyond their grasp. Why would I trust someone who's proven themselves incapable?

Granted, I relax this a bit for someone using a second or third language, but for an adult who only knows English there's no excuse.
 
2014-07-17 04:05:31 PM
i hated this article. more than just alittle.
 
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