Being a bit of a pedant, I have quite a few peeves when it comes to the English language. I don’t really have any favourites, but this post on Hyperbole and a Half has given new meaning to pet peeve. Allie, the brilliant author, has turned her despair at the common mistake alot (misspelling of ‘a lot’) into a wonderfully surreal alternative. Every time she sees someone write alot, she imagines it to be a mythical animal by the name of Alot. The image at left is entitled I care about this Alot.
I know that I’m going to be imagining this cute, furry animal whenever I see alot from now on. There may need to be some creative rearranging of punctuation, but Alot is very versatile and should cover most situations. Thanks, Alot, Allie!