MovieChat Forums > The Kids Are Alright (1979) Discussion > it's spelled "all right"

it's spelled "all right"


Well, it is...

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You can also spell it: alright!!!

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You could, but you'd be spelling it wrong.

"Despite the appearance of the form alright in works of such well-known writers as Langston Hughes and James Joyce, the single word spelling has never been accepted as standard. This is peculiar, since similar fusions such as already and altogether have never raised any objections. The difference may lie in the fact that already and altogether became single words back in the Middle Ages, whereas alright has only been around for a little more than a century and was called out by language critics as a misspelling. Consequently, one who uses alright, especially in formal writing, runs the risk that readers may view it as an error or as the willful breaking of convention."

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Get a life, Carny666. It's a pop song title.

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'Alright' is also in the dictionary.

From Webster's: usage The one-word spelling alright appeared some 75 years after all right itself had reappeared from a 400-year-long absence. Since the early 20th century some critics have insisted alright is wrong, but it has its defenders and its users. It is less frequent than all right but remains in common use especially in journalistic and business publications. It is quite common in fictional dialogue, and is used occasionally in other writing <the first two years of medical school were alright -- Gertrude Stein>.

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'Alright' is perfectly acceptable...

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...runs the risk that readers may view it as an error or as the willful breaking of convention.
Yeah, The Who would really be afraid as coming off as unconventional.





"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."

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Consequently, one who uses alright, especially in formal writing, runs the risk that readers may view it as an error or as the willful breaking of convention.
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Oh my, you don't think? Naw, couldn't be.... The Who would NEVER participate in the "willful breaking of Convention." Now would they.


I've always noticed that grammar nazis have very little to say about anything else.

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who cares

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yeah, i know it's sad, but it's actually spelled Alright on the DVD. so stick that in your pipe.

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<yeah, i know it's sad, but it's actually spelled Alright on the DVD>

Whats so sad about it. 'alright' and 'all right' have two differant meanings contextually. I'll tell you what is sad. The fact that so many people cant speak, read or even understand their own language these days.

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'alright' and 'all right' have two differant meanings contextually.
Do they? I have heard this before, but have found no reliable evidence for the assertion. And why should they have different meanings, anyway? They're the same word with different spellings, one informal and the other formal.

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Isn't it quite simple? I see "All Right" as just a throw away, as in "All right, lets get started now. Altough quite literally it would be "All right" being All(every) - Right(correct).

"Alright" being Ok/good/acceptable - The Kids are alright.

You just have to be resigned-
You're crashing by design

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Interesting.

OK, I found the thing that someone else wrote to me.

Actually, I was taught that "alright" and "all right" are two distinct things, that are meant to be used differently.

I learned that "alright" was an interjection, like "okay". "Alright everybody, let's get started". Whereas "all right" is an adjectival (?) phrase, like "fine". "Everything's all right here, officer."

I believe I learned that "all right" should also be used when it's part of a question: "I'm leaving now, all right?" because that's more or less saying "I'm leaving now, is that all right with you?"
Which is basically the opposite of what you said. =D So is there a rule, really? *shrug*

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Yes, I think you are right.

You just have to be resigned-
You're crashing by design

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I'll tell you what is sad. The fact that so many people cant speak, read or even understand their own language these days.
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HAHAHAH...I've got a better one for ya.... grammar nazi's that couldn't write dialog for a 10 minute comedy sketch that wouldn't put the audience to sleep, seen SNL lately?

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ALLLLL RIGHT!!!!!

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who cares
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Actually, the Who probably doesn't care.

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no, no - *that* is the title of the forthcoming Who2 album....well, previously forthcoming....


(said with love and affection)

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I believe anal-retentive is spelled with a hyphen.

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i do - the spelling of this movie has always annoyed me.



"Rampart: Squad 51."

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At least it's not "The Kids Are A'ight."

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I think it should be "The Kids Are Hella A'ight"

Sloth love Chunk

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or "da kidz r a'iight, foo"

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When the hell was kieth richards ever in this movie?

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get yr. head outta yr. ass -- how's that for spellin'?

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Keith Richards introduces the Who at the Rolling Stones Rock N Roll circus. "Now dig the Who" are his exact words. If you have the VHS version this was cut out, and has been restored on the new DVD. Cheers.

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That Keith Richards part is cool.

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Actually he says "And now, ladies and gentlemen...dig The Who."
Any anyway, I think this was already proven, but "alright" has clearly never been a hindering problem for them, just like "uno dos tres catorce" in U2's "Vertigo". People can make fun of it all they want, but it really doesn't stop anyone else from being interested, now does it?
P.S: It is a word. Ask an English teacher.

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woo! words!
I've never heard/seen alright spelled "all right" that I can remember, but I'm probably wrong.
but I thought that okay=alright and everyone is right=all right.
The kids are all okay
vs.
The kids are all correct.
obviously those are different...

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What's more upsetting is the fact that Two Weeks Notice doesn't have an apostrophe after Weeks. It should of course be Two Weeks' Notice. And yes, all right is correct and alright incorrect. It does matter. If we don't take pride in our language we're little more than animals or, worse, football players. That said, my cat has a beautiful purr.

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Your cat has a beautiful purr of what? Curse the accursed English language. I thought you meant pair.

make yer own

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It's a rock n' roll documentary, not "Longman's Handbook for Writers and Readers". It's a good movie, get over the spelling. And if you're that obsessed with the spelling, you're too much of a nerdling to appreciate this movie anyway.

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While we're at it, I don't exactly think "nerdling" is a word either. That's slang and I suspect you have your own definition of what it should mean. On a side note, the premisce of questioning the correctness of "alright" is one of the funniest message board topics I have ever seen. I would like to thank all of the smartasses who contributed to this and, in turn, giving me something to do at work today.

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I am so suprised at how slow some people are...THERE IS NO NEED TO *beep* DEBATE IT YOU MORONS! Alright and all right have many meanings. In the UK particularly it is a popular greeting "Alright Mick?".
Alright can also be used in the context "After the storm we were alright." Another is a person is alright, is okay, is a good person. "Don't pick on Timmy, he's alright." This is what "The Kids Are Alright" means. All right is the same word but can be perceived to mean something completely different in the case of "The answers to the quizz were all right." hence we use ALRIGHT.

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Yeah, apostrophes annoy me when they're in the wrong place. But I think that alright and all right have now both been accepted but with different meanings. I would say that, in this context, "The kids are alright" would mean that they're OK, whereas "The kids are all right" would mean that every one of them was correct. And in the context of the song, it's the former that makes the most sense.

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it never fails...

every thread has at least 1 post with either bad spelling, typos, bad grammer, etc., and there is always some anal clown, who can't help themselves, commenting on proper english usage as opposed to the contents of the thread themselves.

whether this quixotian quest makes you "a$$holes" or "a$$ holes" remains to be seen, but I implore all of you to find a nobler pursuit than cleaning up grammer in cyberspace. That would be allllllllrrrrrright with me!

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It's alright with me !!!

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alrighty then!

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