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02 January 2012 @ 10:32 pm
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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Nomi: p_hgnomi on January 3rd, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Please do keep fighting the good fight against "alright"!
michelel72: General-Words-SoAdjectivemichelel72 on January 4th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
I will stand fast at the barricades! Hee. (Also, perfect icon!)
Astridastridv on January 3rd, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
Years ago, someone corrected my 'allright' to 'alright' and mentioned that 'all right' is an alternative.
michelel72: SGA-Atlantis-Sunsetmichelel72 on January 4th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
That is odd. I'd agree that either the single "l" or the space is needed, and if you're going to accept the former the latter is an alternative; but years ago, particularly, "alright" was even less common/accepted than it currently is. That said, I wonder if it's a regional thing; Garner apparently says "alright" was more accepted in British English than in American English as of a few years ago, for example ....
Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkey: Pricklepantsninjamonkey73 on January 3rd, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
Please hold the line! Every formerly wrong word we give takes a piece of our collectives souls! I'm waiting for texting abbreviations to start getting allowed; then I'll know we've gone past civilized, heading back toward cavemen.
michelel72: DS-Jon-Headdeskmichelel72 on January 4th, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
As I just mentioned on the DW side, I'm convinced I recently read a fic in which an over-40 lieutenant colonel, in all seriousness, ended his sentence with "WTF." The language breakdown is coming from inside the house!
sings and wandersvioletcheetah on January 3rd, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe we should just move directly to "a'ight"; then everyone can say that the missing letters are whatever they want them to be.
michelel72: SGA-Ronon-Glaremichelel72 on January 4th, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
I like it! But then I'm street like that.
E.T. Davidoffvettecat on January 3rd, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Not valid in my opinion... for whatever that's worth...
michelel72: Cat-Gonzo-Roundmichelel72 on January 4th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
You're in good company — it looks as if most of my flist agrees! I will hold the line! (Thanks!)