Originally Posted by sarahp
It's 2 separate words!! There's no such word as "alot", and your college professor is an idiot for saying "common usage makes something correct" - that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard!!
Listen to your wife
You are one of the few people that spell separate
correctly so you must know what you are talking about. The common usage thing all came about once when I asked my English professor about the word ain't. She pointed out that even the President at that time said it all the time. The other word during the discussion was gonna. She then pointed out that so many people say "ain't gonna" (including the President) that common usage made it correct because everybody understood it.
I do not know why, but I did not receive an A that semester in English. Yeah
, I agree she was an idiot.
Anyway, scrolling through the replies here, I see a lot of people use alot a lot of the time. I also see alot of people use a lot alot of the time.
It's just a poll, the first one I have ever done on The Cat Lounge
. It seems to have gotten alot
of interesting replies and ain't
that what The Cat Lounge
is all about? I think I'm gonna
go see if the PHX
question has been answered yet on the other poll going on right now.