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Old Oct 23 2008, 04:28 AM   #17
Farclas
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Default Re: alright vs. all right

Despite The Who's 1965 anthem 'The Kids Are Alright', the usage has not become mainstream in the UK - certainly not in books or quality newspapers, mainly because the usage has largely been superseded by the crisper Americanism 'ok'. Most sub-editors in the UK adhere to the original all right construction, rejecting the analogy of already and altogether.

When I updated my style book some five years ago (I'm chairman of the board of my local community newspaper) I stayed with all right, since the vocalic value of all is usually retained in UK speech.

I note that The Guardian's style guru David Marsh agrees in his pithy 2007 adjuration:

all right is right; alright is not all right
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