My darling husband has been nagging me to do a post on the word alright. I’ve been avoiding it because I thought it was a stupid post and that everyone knew how to use all right or alright. Little did I know that even I had no clue how to use it! After some research I’ve found that most of us are probably using this incorrectly. Read on to become a little bit smarter! 😉
All right, here’s the deal…
…alright isn’t a word. However, it’s becoming increasingly popular as people do not realize that it isn’t a word. Because of its popularity, many dictionaries are opting to say it’s the “one word” spelling of all right. In dialogue and creative writing, many people choose to use this “one word spelling.” In formal and academic writing, it should definitely be avoided at all costs.
Well what do you think, Kelly?
I think I’m an idiot because I’ve been using alright for as long as I can remember. I was never taught that it is not a word. After looking at various dictionaries, I do feel comfortable removing the term from my written vocabulary and replacing it with the two word form, all right.
All right means that something is correct or satisfactory–the same meaning we generally attribute to alright. Make sure when you’re writing a paper for class or work that you use the two word form. If anyone tries to challenge you, just bring them to me! Good luck!