It’s May 8th, and while many mite be celibrating International Womens Day, I shal be proofing many a document.

*As it is International Woman’s Day I seriously recommend re-visiting any childhood female heroes, I shall be watching the incredible Lucy Lawless brandishing her iconic chakram and sword while topping the evening off with some classic Lynda Carter!

While mass proofing is generally the bane of my life, and while I do find obvious infractions of language in comment sections infuriating,  there is one piece of grammar comedy that has stuck with me for years.

The hilarious animator over at came up with this amazing coping mechanism when it comes to the misuse of a particular but common grammatical error.


‘There is one grammatical mistake that I particularly enjoy encountering.  It has become almost fun for me to come across people who take the phrase “a lot” and condense it down into one word, because when someone says “alot,” this is what I imagine:”

The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people’s grammar.  It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.

For example, when I read the sentence “I care about this alot,” this is what I imagine:


Credit: Hyperboleandahalf

The Alot is incredibly versatile.

There are many more examples and hilarious drawings over at hyperboleandahalf and I seriously suggest you go take a look!

Anyway, have a fabulous proofreading day. Mark the occasion, perhaps by ignoring it all together? At least that’s the way I intend on celebrating.

But seriously, there, they’re and their…

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