In writing the new book, an issue came up - my wonderful editing friend quite strongly reminded me that "alright" is not a word.
Now, being brought up in a proper and decent household, I was of course taught from an early age that the correct term is "all right". And of course reading and writing extensively has confirmed this.
However, on this occasion, I felt a clash of ideas coming, like universal idas so big they underpin, well, the universe and stuff.
Take a look at this poll (which may or may not be the first link I found on Google):
The replies are of a huge variety. Let's look at some!
Joan - 24th November 2003 23:12
I would recommend using 'all right' in writing.
Hmm, factual but rather boring.
Jason - 15th March 2007 04:21
Alright is a supposed compound word of all right. All right means all correct. The way we use alright is, its ok. It alright. However, such a word does not exist.
Okay this guy has a bit more conviction. Also he explains where it comes from - the shorthand word "alright" actually means that all is right or correct.
ACE - 13th August 2007 02:05
There's no way that I would ever use "alright" in writing. It's completely unprofessional and makes you look stupid.
Ah here we go! "ACE" is clearly prepared to put his/her balls on the line. To be fair, I'd mock someone who used "alright" simply because they were too stupid to know the whole situation.
Meanwhile "Travis" here has just lost the plot - the concept is so insane he doesn't understand the question:
Travis - 16th December 2007 15:00
What do you mean "is alright an acceptable word"? This is so wrong. It should not be a word because you can't make two words one without an apostrophe, with the exceptions being all ready and already; but even these two words have different meanings. You can't have two words that mean the same thing, with different spellings!
Finally, someone who thinks they are educated enough on the subject to call themselves "English Teacher" made this valid point just a month ago:
English teacher - 23rd March 2009 18:18
it's just like writing alwrong...we wouldn't write that, so why would anyone think alright is a word?
So ... what do you think?
I was going to post my answer and final decision in the same post here, but I'd love to hear what you guys all think. Comments please!