Saturday, March 21, 2009

We're getting a lot of complaints

One of the first things a college journalism professor told us has stuck with me forever. "There is no such word as alot"

It's two words, she told us. Not that I didn't know that already, but it was a surprise to many. And still a surprise, it appears, to the number of people who still get it wrong.

Just remember: though people have been getting it wrong for decades, it will never be one word. While some words (think to-morrow, video-tape) eventually become one word, alot won't be one of them.

1 comment:

  1. My Grade 10 English teacher used to dock as a grade if we used alot. It got me in the habit of using it as two words.