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rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 19:50:42

alot
afew
abit

Where in God's name has this all come from? It's so rife on these boards. So many times I've been reading a perfectly reasonable, eloquent post, only to come across one of these "words". I actually fear they will become recognised words and end up in the Oxford Dictionary, just like "selfie". There's probably more that I've forgotten.

I don't claim to be a grammar expert, but these literally aren't even words! I knew I'd be slaughtered if I posted anywhere else about it, so here I am. Does it infuriate anyone also beyond belief? I can't articulate how it makes me feel!

iklboo Wed 12-Sep-18 19:51:50

I'm glad it's not just me. It can't even be explained away as a typo.

HollowTalk Wed 12-Sep-18 19:54:04

And 'thankyou', too! The thing is that it shows up as a spelling error - THAT IS THE CLUE!

Yikesisthatmeinthemirror Wed 12-Sep-18 19:55:11

Yep pisses me off alot grin

rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 19:57:04

Just remembered someone I have on Facebook who always posts where she's "offtoo" confused

FuckyDuzz Wed 12-Sep-18 19:59:37

I’ve never seen afew or abit but I genuinely thought alot was a word until fairly recently when someone told me it isn’t
I’ve no idea where I got it from, I’m pretty sure I was taught it was at some point
And I did English Language up to A Levels blush

Fezzik Wed 12-Sep-18 20:00:06

This will help you alot:

hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html?m=1

Yikesisthatmeinthemirror Wed 12-Sep-18 20:04:35

That's a work of genius

rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 20:06:05

Thank you @Fezzik! That is exactly what I needed grin

@FuckyDuzz I've seen "abit" at least twice on here in the last half hour!

SwedishEdith Wed 12-Sep-18 20:08:08

I think alot confusion comes from alright - the 'al' bit.

butlerswharf Wed 12-Sep-18 20:08:21

Can I add Restbite to the list. envysmile

iklboo Wed 12-Sep-18 20:11:51

Rediculus

rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 20:12:07

@butlerswharf Yes! I saw that on here a couple of days ago. Someone being perfectly decent, and kind, and giving advice. But also making up words!

OkPedro Wed 12-Sep-18 20:25:09

Off instead of "of"
"Can I have a bag off apples"

Angle instead angel always makes me laugh

Oh and anal instead of and all

rageymcrageface Wed 12-Sep-18 21:13:04

Anal is anew one on me!

OkPedro Thu 13-Sep-18 00:05:42

anew one eh ragey grin

Anal "and all" seems to be an Irish thing but I've seen it on a few uk sites recently
I just can't take a person seriously if they type/write crap like that

weegiemum Thu 13-Sep-18 00:30:51

Earlier I saw "persue".

It could have either persuade or peruse, from context (now I can't find it of course!).

I know about alot not being a word as in primary school I had 100 lines once which said "A lot, not alot" and I had to do them twice because I missed out the comma! 10 year olds these days don't know how easy they have it!

weegiemum Thu 13-Sep-18 00:31:57

*Sorry, peruse or pursue. Not sure where persuade came from

MissLingoss Thu 13-Sep-18 00:38:02

I think alot confusion comes from alright - the 'al' bit.

But alright isn't right either. It's all right.

2doubles Thu 13-Sep-18 00:44:00

Discusting, fumming, draws(drawers)

Purplepinkpurple Thu 13-Sep-18 00:51:52

'Brought' instead of 'bought'

Purplepinkpurple Thu 13-Sep-18 00:55:35

I hate when people say 'generally ' instead of 'genuinely'. For example' ' i generally had no idea there was no such word as alot' instead of 'i genuinely had no idea there was no such word as alot'.

BitOfFun Thu 13-Sep-18 00:56:19

'Alright' is fine. Completely acceptable.

BitOfFun Thu 13-Sep-18 00:59:08

'Discusting', 'fumming' (and 'rediculous', come to that) are all used ironically on mumsnet, surely?

OkPedro Thu 13-Sep-18 01:12:56

I kind of understand discusting
The g sounds like a c..
My 9 year old dd thought probably was spelt probaly as that is how she hears it pronounced

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