Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Kid's Gonna Be All Right

Please remind people that there is NO SUCH WORD as "alright." It's another one of those words that is cropping up more and more, used by people who don't know any better. I fear, in fact, that some lexicographers are throwing in the towel on this one and including it in some new editions of the dictionary as a "non-standard" alternative to "all right." Arrrrgh! What is the world coming to? — Kathy

Dear Kathy,

Consider it done. And for those who use the dictionary as a permission slip: a non-standard word (think "irregardless") is the verbal equivalent of wearing your underwear as a hat. You can get it over your head (hey, eye holes!). But it looks pretty silly.

P.S. This Web site is a museum of sorts for people who wear underwear hats. Long live the Internet.

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