eeYup. When I was a child, I thought ‘thesaurus’ was the name of a dinosaur.
Now that I’m older, I know better. And I’ve come to believe thesauruses (thesauri?) are pretty nifty. So nifty, I’ve decided to spend the month of April exploring my thesaurus as I blog my way through the alphabet on the A to Z Challenge.
It’s April 1st. Let’s start with the letter A.
Did you know the word ‘alright’ is not all right?
All right, when used as an adjective, means satisfactory, acceptable, adequate, fairly good, passable, reasonable, so-so, OK, and jake.
Yes, jake. As in: “After the power came back on, everything was jake again.”
If you ask someone, “Are you all right?” You’re asking them if they are OK, unhurt, uninjured, unharmed, unscathed, in one piece, safe, safe and sound; well, fine, and ‘alive and well.’
And if you tell someone, “It’s quite all right if you go home now.” You’re implying their departure is permissible, permitted, allowed, allowable, admissible, acceptable, legal, lawful, legitimate, authorized, sanctioned, approved, in order, OK, legit, and my favorite: licit. Which means: not forbidden; lawful. As in, licit drugs vs. illicit drugs. Or, all right drugs vs. not all right drugs.
Actually, that’s not all right. Thank you cartoonmaker for the cute dinosaur drawing, and thank you Eminem and Rihanna for the song lyrics, but you’re not supposed to say ‘alright.’ I thought we went over this.
All right can function as an adverb, too. “The car works all right.” is the same as saying the car works satisfactorily, adequately, fairly well, passably, acceptably, reasonably, or OK.
“It’s her all right!” means definitely, certainly, unquestionably, undoubtedly, undeniably, assuredly, for sure, without (a) doubt, beyond (any) doubt, beyond the shadow of a doubt, and my favorite: indubitably. Did you just sing ‘indubitably’? So did I. We have Schoolhouse Rock to thank for that impulse.
All right, all right! Let’s close with an exclamation. In this case, all right means very well (then), fine, good, yes, agreed, right (then), OK, okey-dokey, roger, and an odd one: wilco, which is used to express compliance or agreement, especially when receiving instructions over the radio.
“Stop talking about your thesaurus.”
All righty then, that’s it. I’m out.
Blogging from A to Z
Today was brought to you by the letter A.
Tomorrow? You guessed it. The letter B.