In a message dated 2003:12:27 11:06:13 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:

>Quoting Costentin Cornomorus <[log in to unmask]>:
>> --- Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > The simple fact of the matter is that you will
>> > not find "alot" in any English dictionary.
>> There's alot of things tha won't find in the
>> dictionary! Get used to it!
>> :)
>> I like that notion of alot being a quantifier. In
>> this usage, it is clearly not the noun "lot"
>> though it's related.
>Ah, someone on my side!

    I can imagine _alot_ becomin' some type of particle in the not too
distant future.
Mayhaps /@:l@d/, /@L_ht/... or even /h_hL'd/... or /@L/- sorta pidgin-like,
like like the somewhat recent urban slang evolution of Tok Pisin's _plenti_ to

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