Yes, I’ve seen alright used in writing. Doesn’t mean it’s all right, unless you’re using it to give the impression of someone who is not well-educated. After all, you see all kinds of typos and misspellings, grammar issues, and more in books. And you know it isn’t right. Same thing applies here. Alright is not all right.
So many people learn English from reading novels that I think authors and publishers have an obligation to provide the best possible text, and that includes proper word usage.
That’s not to say that I don’t approve of colloquialisms — god knows I use ’em often enough — but I do believe there is a time and a place for ’em. And there’s no real good reason to use alright except to create an effect in a character’s dialogue or to make the character seem somewhat uneducated or lazy in his/her speech.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adjective; Adverb; Exclamation||Nonstandard
Variant spelling of all right
Satisfactory but not especially good
Used to emphasize how certain one is about something
|Common in informal writing and fictional dialogue.|
Is he going to be all right?
The tea was all right.
“Are you all right? You were screaming.”
It’s all right for you to go now.
“Are you sure it’s him? It’s him all right.”
He does all right at work.
She has pneumonia all right.
All right! I’ll tell you.
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: 1808||First known use: 1810|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!