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May 10, 2010

Alot, the grammatical beast

I have a new favorite blog: Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh. My best friend sent me a link last week. Hands down, this is the best consistently funny blog I've read in a long time!

One of my favorite posts deals with grammar. (Big surprise, I know. My nickname at work is Grammarissa, so let's all act surprised that I care about grammar.) The post mentions a few grammatical/mechanical issues frequently encountered on the Internet: lack of capitalization, lack of punctuation, and "alot."

I remember learning when I was in grade school that this was not a word. The words "a" and "lot" cannot be joined together in matrimony to form "alot." You say them the same (uh-lawt) but they're not the same. I used to think that the reason they are not the same is because one is correct and the other is incorrect.

I stand corrected, Allie. Apparently "alot" is actually a noun--a beast with horns, teeth, and buffalo hide (and a very expressive face).

Allie lists ways that Alot comes in handy. For example, if someone says, "I have alot of sugarpackets," that would mean they have an Alot made out of sugarpackets. (See her blog for pictures of Alot of fire, Alot of mist, and Alot of beer cans--you'll see what I mean by Alot of sugarpackets.)

Seriously, you need to see her drawings. I promise you will laugh.

There are other ways to use Alot that make sense. For me, it's a beautiful way to turn a grammatical issue from obnoxious to hilarious. I just picture an Alot when I see "alot." Then I smile and keep reading.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at May 10, 2010 8:43 AM


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