Re: Connected millions

Subject: Re: Connected millions
From: Laurie Rubin <lmr -at- SYL -dot- NJ -dot- NEC -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 1994 15:55:12 -0500

Lighten up!! As someone else on this list reminded me, we write informally,
conversationally, etc. But thanks for the info about "alot" -- I did not make
this one up; I am sure I have seen it hundreds of times before! For one, I
would never use the word "alot" or even "a lot" in doc writing. Too informal
no matter how I mash the phrase.
By the way, there are a "whole bunch" of made-up words out there that have
become "real words," especially in the software industry.
lmr -at- syl -dot- nj -dot- nec -dot- com

P.S., what a great way to brush up on my English!

> "alot" is not a word!! There is a legitimate word "allot," and there is the
> descriptor "a lot" (meaning 'a whole bunch' usually of something), but there
> is
> not "alot." As technical writers, we should zealously guard against misuse o
> f
> the language this way!

> <end of fume>

> No, it's not correct to end a sentence with a preposition, and "to" is a
> preposition. Methinks Sir Richard had a domestic emergency at hand when he w
> as
> writing that - usually he's *much* more precise!

> Elna Tymes
> Los Trancos Systems

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