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Which words may start with “al-”?

The word alright comes from "all right". Where did the second l go?

Similarly: altogether from "all together".

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related: Which words may start with "al-" –  Matt Эллен Dec 23 '11 at 15:44

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The link below gives the history of this spelling:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alright

As to why this change is taking place, it isn't easy to give an answer. Perhaps its followers have decided that it should imitate the word "fulfil", where the double consonants were done away with when the two words full and fill were united.

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I've never seen fulfil, only fulfill. Do you actually see fulfil in the wild? –  Brendon Dec 23 '11 at 12:58
    
@Brendon: In British English, yes, I see only "fulfil". I believe "fulfill" is the American spelling. –  Irene Dec 23 '11 at 13:05
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The existence of the two forms performs a useful function. There is a difference between 'Your answers to the exam questions were all right' and 'Your answers to the exam questions were alright'. –  Barrie England Dec 23 '11 at 13:33
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@Irene: (1) every answer was correct. (2) the answers were O.K. I think you would hear the difference if it was spoken. –  Peter Shor Dec 23 '11 at 14:05
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@Kris: Word flags spelling which is not American. If you switch to UK English, things change. As for the difference in meaning, 1)I don't think OP asked for that 2)I wasn't aware of a difference in meaning until it was pointed out to me in a comment above. I thought that "alright" was a non-standard (and not accepted by many) variation of "all right". –  Irene Dec 23 '11 at 16:24

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