Thursday, August 18, 2011

All Right, Let's All Get This Right!

It's nitpicky* (let's come back to that in a second), but it's time we all learn that there is no such word as "alright".  It's always two words: all right.  The great news is that there is no confusing rule to remember when to use alright and when to use all right, unless you can't remember that the former is totally incorrect 100% of the time!

So, throw out "alright" with last week's leftovers and feel confident that you'll always be right with all right!

*Back to nitpicky, it's a pretty common phrase, but have you really stopped and wondered where it comes from?  According to sources I came across, it refers to picking nits (yes, the eggs of lice) out of hair.  That's a tedious and meticulous job (as any mother with kids who have lice can attest), just as to nitpick in the figurative sense is to find fault or analyze in an overly critical way.  Similarly, I've heard it originated from chimps who spend much of their time laboriously picking nits from each other's hair.  Gross and yet so interesting.


  1. Very interesting! Love the all right. I am a little "nitpicky" about grammar as well! ;)

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  3. LOL EWWWW!!! I may never say Nitpicky again. Cute post and I am following you back too. Have a great weekend.

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  5. first time at your blog....I can be a lil nitpicky with vocab sometimes...I like your point of view.
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  6. I love this post!!! The rule is simple; LOL!


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