View Full Version : All right, used in dialogue

01-10-2007, 12:54 AM
When used in dialogue, which one is correct to your eyes.

Technically, "All right" is the only correct term, editorially-speaking. However, in written dialogue and common usage, "Alright" has entered the world as an odd contraction.

I'm putting this one up for vote.

Here's from dictionary.com:

al·right http://cache.lexico.com/g/d/premium.gif http://cache.lexico.com/dictionary/graphics/luna/thinsp.pnghttp://cache.lexico.com/g/d/speaker.gif (https://secure.reference.com/premium/login.html?rd=2&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdictionary.reference.com%2Fbrowse%2 Falright) /ɔlˈraɪt/ Pronunciation Key (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/) - Show Spelled Pronunciation (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/)[awl-rahyt] Pronunciation Key (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/) - Show IPA Pronunciation (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/) –adverb all right.
—Usage note The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Rolling Thunder
01-10-2007, 01:09 AM
I looked alright up in my World Book Dictionary (pub 1969 version) and it says 'not yet accepted in formal/informal writing' but is mostly used in advertising and comic books.

It's been around for a long long time, though.

01-10-2007, 01:31 AM
You learn something new every day. I have been enlightened.

Azure Skye
01-10-2007, 02:47 AM
The Elements of Style says, "Properly written as two words -- all right."

01-10-2007, 03:05 AM
I think if I was going to us "all right" as slang, I might be more inclined to forgo "alright" and maybe use "awright", otherwise, my mind just screams TYPO.

01-10-2007, 03:42 AM
I've always used alright because it looks alright to me!

01-10-2007, 04:27 AM
:) I can't get away from the old language Mnemonic, "alwright is alwrong".

01-10-2007, 04:28 AM
oops, should be "alright"

01-10-2007, 04:29 AM
This is very interesting. I have never used much 'alright' before but, I'm beginning to realise that both can be used as freely as one another :)

01-10-2007, 04:37 AM
Mu understanding had always been that all right meant "all correct" and if it meant anything else, use "alright". I see I was wrong and now I'm wondering if some high school English teacher mistaught me or if I misremembered it. I am now extremely grateful that I never ranted on this particular subject. :D

Azure Skye
01-10-2007, 04:40 AM
I think if I was going to us "all right" as slang, I might be more inclined to forgo "alright" and maybe use "awright", otherwise, my mind just screams TYPO.

Or go for the very modern slang of, "aaiiiiiiiiggghhtt." ;)

Silver King
01-10-2007, 05:05 AM
Here's a great thread (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34204&highlight=alright) that delves into this issue at length.