From: Keith MARSHALL <keith.marshall@to...> - 2005-10-28 08:43:19
Blake McBride wrote:
> While we are on the subject of pet peeves, the thing that irks me
> is the use of 'alot' which isn't a word. It should be 'a lot'.
> You know, I like ice cream a lot.
Indeed. My English teacher would even have said that one should
avoid `a lot' -- `I like ice cream very much' whould have been her
preferred form. But, perhaps that is being just too `toffee nosed';
`a lot' seems perfectly acceptable in modern idiomatic usage.
Another, similar mistake which I see cropping up occasionally, is
the contraction of `no one' into `noone', which also isn't recognised
as a word, by the Oxford English Dictionary.