alright

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adverb or adjective al·right \(ˌ)ȯl-ˈrīt, ˈȯl-ˌ\

all right or alright?

Although the spelling alright is nearly as old as all right, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing <the first two years of medical school were alright — Gertrude Stein>.

1865

First Known Use of alright

1865



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