The Alot, an imaginary mammal

Behold the Alot, a large, shaggy beast found principally in internets. [Hyperbole and a Half via Ectomo]


  1. Heh, I use alot alot. It just seems alot less awkward than a lot to me. Oh look, I used alot again. Alot.

    1. I also use ‘alot’ alot. If horrible words like “speciality” can be used by people without them suffering grievous wounds to their faces then I think alot should be just fine.

  2. Suspiciously, the Alot looks a lot like a pug with horns. A more evil and pernicious creature can not be imagined.

  3. Language is a tool for the communication of ideas.

    Language is effective if it succeeds in communicating the desired ideas.

    Grammar is a set of guidelines which should be used to ease communication.

    Grammar is not a set of rules which should be used to limit effective use of language.

    As language is an ever-evolving construct, grammar and definition are determined by popular usage.

    Dats all I gots.

  4. I personally am appalled by the pseudo-word “functionality”.

    PHB: Does it have the required functionality?

    Me: I don’t know, but it has the functions we need.

    I gave up correcting “half duplex” a decade or so ago. The kids don’t even know what simplex means.

  5. Adorable and helpful, thanks. I’m not the kind of person who will jump down your throat for “octopi”, but “alot” makes me shudder.

  6. For a prescriptivist rant, this was somewhat amusing. I think it would be even more amusing to compare this to early 1900s grammarians bemoaning the loss of the hyphen in “to-day” and “to-morrow”, or go back even further and find some 13th century treatise on how the entire English speaking world is in peril since writers have begun to conjoin “a while”, “more over”, “never the less”, “life time”, and so on.

    There are more examples. In fact, there are
    alot of them. Language changes. It always has and it always will. Educate yourself.

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