Useful insights primarily for fiction writers, although we nonfiction writers and editors will learn something too.
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According to EtymOnline.com, alright was attested in print by 1884.
Writers argue about its use. Some insist it’s appropriate, while others stand on the no-nada-nix-never soapbox.
Who is correct? This post will try to clear the confusion.
What do the experts say?
I searched several sources and found the following results.
No, alright is unacceptable.
– Painless Grammar, by Rebecca Elliott, PhD
– The Chicago Manual of Style
– AP Stylebook
– Lapsing into a Comma, by Bill Walsh
All right is the only form listed.
– The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale
– Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr.
Alright is informal or nonstandard and less acceptable than all right.
My hunt through several Ray Bradbury e-books found no instances of alright.
After more research…
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