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The Alot is a fictional mammalian creature with brown fur invented by Allie Brosh, the creator of the webcomic Hyperbole and a Half. The creature was inspired by the common grammatical error writing the phrase “a lot” as “alot.” The Alot is often referenced when someone has made the error in a discussion thread to point out the mistake in a lighthearted manner. (See also: X all the Y)
On April 13th, 2010, a post titled “The Alot is Better Than You at Everything” was published to Hyperbole and a Half, and described a coping mechanism for witnessing the grammatical error combining the phrase “a lot” into the word “alot.”
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:
The post included several examples of how she imagines the creature:
The same day the comic was published, Redditor jack47 posted a link to the Hyperbole and a Half page titled “Reddit will like this Alot” and received a total of 2,199 up votes. The blog Neatorama posted an article about the Alot on April 14th, 2010. The first definition was submitted to Urban Dictionary on April 18th. The following day, a link to the original Hyperbole and a Half page was posted on BoingBoing. A Facebook fan page has 235 likes, and a Twitter account has 1,097 followers as of September 22nd, 2011.
Search queries for “the alot” picked up in April of 2010, the same month the comic was posted to Hyperbole and a Half.
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