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  • It would be wrong to call this blog entry just alright. But from a factual standpoint, I think it may be all right.

    My amateur linguistic sleuthing leads me to think that combinations like “already” and “altogether” were already common by the time people started making dictionaries, but the “all right” combination gained popularity later. While “all together” easily became “altogether,” “all right” came along too late to become “alright.” Pity.

  • Thank you, Mark. Your idea about why alright missed the boat, standardization-wise, sounds plausible to me. And it is a pity, but maybe there will be another boat, even if it takes a while to make the journey. I read a novel this week (Sally Rooney’s award-winning Normal People) that used alright matter-of-factly, and I wondered it if had to be stetted. The next generation of editors and publishers may give the spelling more status.