The primary confusion is between a lot and alot, and since allot sounds so similar, I thought I’d toss it in. Just for fun. Part of my allotment of words, if you will *grin*.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to set aside the former confusion — there is no ALOT. Doesn’t exist. It’s a misspelling. Toss that puppy out. In fact, go into your Preferences and set up an automatic fix to change any typed alot into an a lot. Problem solved. Dang, don’t’cha wish all of life was that easy to fix?
Now, looking at a lot versus allot, there’s really not much confusion there. For one, I almost never see this in fiction. Yeahhh!! If you do decide this is the perfect word to use, remember that it essentially means to set aside.
…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: Dictionary.com a lot and allot|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adverb + Noun||A misspelling of a lot||Verb, transitive|
It is sometimes put as a whole lot for greater emphasis
Used to emphasize a comparative indication of amount
|To divide or distribute by share or portion
To appropriate for a special purpose
To assign as a portion
|A lot of people think the economy is declining.
Sad movies always made her cry a lot.
I learned a whole lot in his class.
We need a whole lot more pizza to feed everyone.
Mary had a lot less nerve than I expected.
|The government will have to allot the available farmland among the settlers.
We always allot more money for the park.
If we could allot more time to research, we would end up saving time.
We must allot enough parking spaces for all the residents.
Equal time was allotted to each.
I was allotted a little room in the servants’ block.
Verb, transitive: misallot, misallotted, misallotting, preallot, preallotted, preallotting, reallot, reallotted, reallotting
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: early 1800s||First known use: 1425-75
Earlier alot from the late Middle English alotten from the Middle French aloter, which is from a- (and the Latin ad-) + lot of Germanic origin and akin to Old English hlot for lot.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?