That’s not all right

Not everything in this paragraph from Yahoo! TV’s “Primetime in No Time” is all wrong — just a few things. Like “especially between Kenya Moore went after…” What’s with that? And why does the writer forget to include the in “tumbled to (the) ground” and “stormed off (the) set”? But the bigger issue is the use of alright, which is considered nonstandard. Are you all right with that spelling?

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Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says:

Despite the frequent use of the form alright the single word spelling is still widely viewed as nonstandard. In our 2009 survey, more than two-thirds of the Usage Panel rejected alright in examples like Don’t worry. Everything will be alright, whereas over 90 percent accepted all right in the same examples. This resistance may seem peculiar, since similar fusions incorporating all, such as already and altogether, have never raised any objections. The difference may lie in the fact that already and altogether became single words back in the Middle Ages, whereas alright has only been around for a little more than a century and was called out by language critics as a misspelling. Readers may view the use of alright, especially in formal writing, as an error or a willful breaking of convention.

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2 Responses to “That’s not all right”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    That sounds like a really educational and uplifting show. As I’m abysmally (and profoundly, too) ignorant of the show, I have to wonder if “Porsha” is a misspelling of “Portia”, of if they wanted to name her after a car and missed.

    Back in the 1950s [?], FCC Chairman Newton Minow decried the state of TV as a “vast wasteland”. Today’s TV seems to make Minow’s era a Golden Age.

    And it was: “Your Show of Shows”, “Playhouse 90″, :The Carol Burnett Show”, ……….

    • Laura Says:

      I’m pretty sure “Porsha” is the correct spelling of the woman on that show. It’s phonetically correct, at least.

      Newton Minow’s “Vast Wasteland” speech was in 1961. There were a lot of great show in the ’50s and ’60s, but there are a lot of great shows nowadays, too. (I don’t include the “Real Housewives” franchise in that category.) But with so many more channels and ways to watch TV, there are going to be a lot of trash.


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