I will never forget it. I was in seventh grade and walking into English class you could just tell the teacher seemed on edge, not her usually chipper self. She came to the front of the classroom and said she had our papers graded and was not happy. She wanted to demonstrate something. So, she walked to the far-left side of the chalkboard and wrote the letter “a.” Then she walked to the far-right side of the chalkboard and wrote “lot.” And in a rather loud upset voice told us those two should NEVER meet again. There is no word “alot” because they are two separate words. She went on to explain about the papers, but to this day every time I write a lot or see alot written wrong I still remember that day. Definitely a lesson learned.
Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August (FDDA) #21 – a lesson you learned