There are plenty of common spelling and grammar errors that seriously annoy me when I come across them. One of the mistakes that really makes me twitch, though, is when people type “alot” instead of “a lot.” Unlike some of the other common mistakes (their/there/they’re, your/you’re), “alot” is simply indefensible. You’re not mistaking it for another similar word. Instead, you’re typing a word that does not exist.
If this particular error bugs the jeepers out of you, too, then you should definitely check out this…hm, what to call it? Cartoon? Narrative? I’m not sure, but there’s this blog called Hyperbole and a Half, and while there’s plenty of profane language there (not that I care, I’m just warning you), it is hilarious. My first introduction was this explanation (“The Alot is Better Than You at Everything”) of why the author is not longer annoyed when she runs across uses of “alot.”
Once you read it, you’ll see the title of this post a little (or a lot) differently.