As an English major, I’m pretty much obligated to cringe at the first sign of bad grammar. I admit, I do occasionally make a mistake or two (which you Lovelies enjoy pointing out AND keeping me on my toes!) but for the most part I try to bring my A game.
While browsing the Internet today, I came across the most wonderful article regarding grammar.
If you haven’t ever read Hyperbole & A Half, I suggest you start because her blog is hilarious.
Allie Brosh, the creator, wrote an entire post fixated on the grammatical errors surrounding the term ‘a lot‘. I’m sure we have all witnessed at least one person (probably many, many more) making the painful mistake of combining the two separate words into one entity: alot. (Side note: it pained me to write it that way, and as I’m typing it has the red squiggles under it begging me to fix my grammatical wrongdoing… sigh).
Brosh takes a comical twist to the faux pas by claiming whenever she encounters ‘alot’ she imagines the word as a large monster-like imaginary creature. In her words, “It [an alot] kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.”
If that didn’t make you curious enough, the post comes complete with images to help guide your imagination in the right direction. The alot can be both a noun, as in “I care about this alot” or used in a description “alot of mist.”
The alot even makes cat noises!
Hands down, this is one of the greatest grammar experiments I have heard thus far. Now, I’m pretty sure anytime someone says ‘alot’ my imagination will go to far off, monster-shaped places.
Lovelies, what do you think of the ‘alot monster’? What are some of your major grammar pet peeves?