Have you ever seen alot written as one word? I don’t mean allot, similar to allocate. I mean alot, one word, instead of a lot, two words, meaning quite a bit. Just in case you weren’t certain, alot isn’t a real word. Don’t be surprised if you thought otherwise; it shows up, well, a lot, especially in the less formal, quickly typed, and unfortunately chock-full-o-mistakes Land of Social Media.
Ever since I saw the post that I’ve excerpted below, however, I’m always hopeful that I’ll see alot somewhere, just so that I can remember Allie Brosh’s description of alot in her post, “The Alot is Better Than You at Everything” on her blog, Hyperbole and a Half. It made me laugh more than anything else I’ve seen in months. Enjoy:
There is one grammatical mistake that I particularly enjoy encountering. It has become almost fun for me to come across people who take the phrase “a lot” and condense it down into one word, because when someone says “alot,” this is what I imagine:
The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people’s grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.
For example, when I read the sentence “I care about this alot,” this is what I imagine:
Click here to read the whole post. Really. Do it. I adore it. I love it so much that I bought the I Care About This Alot T-shirt. I love it so much that I bought the Hyperbole and a Half book, and “Alot” isn’t even in that book. That is how much I love that post. I really love that Alot.