‘Alright’ easily has to be my favorite word and the most used word for my replies. I used to be more of an ‘okay’-person before, but I have caught the habit of saying alright from a friend of mine. He used to say ‘Alright’ with an accent in which he keeps the ‘L’ silent and it sounds like O-wright. I kind of started using it more often from then, and now it has caught up on me.
‘Alright’ is a fun word. You can reply to any message with an ‘alright’ and it sounds more of a thoughtful reply than ‘Okay’, or ‘k’ (a sometimes annoying but space and time saver version of Okay). Alright’ sounds like you have actually put some thought into it, although after its constant use people now sometimes do hate it when I use alright, but that is alright.
Saying alright is also one of the politest one-word conversation stopper. When I have a person blabbering in front of me, the moment I feel like sneaking out of the conversation, I use the word ‘alright’, and the best part – when someone is giving me an advice that I just do not want to hear any more, I can just say “Alright” and it implies “I got what you want to tell, now please stop moving your lips with noise coming out of it.”
Chats! Oh yes, chats. When someone says something in a chat, and they are still typing, and I am not interested; I can throw in an ‘alright’, close the monitor, get myself a coffee, roam around and maybe check the rest of the chat the next day; and type in “alright”.
I don’t even have to say ‘enough man, relax’ anymore. Add a “Ho” sound while saying alright and it does the job. “Holright! Holright!”.
In fact emphasizing and pronouncing ‘alright’ in different ways easily can serve many purposes.
“Holright! Holright!” – Relax man.
“Alright now” – That would be enough for now.
“Alrrright!” – A realization / Just solved a mystery.
“Alright then” – Time to leave
“Allllrright then” – I am ready.
“Alrrrrighty” – I am ready. (just another fancy way to say it)
“Awlrighhht” – Fine. I will do it.
“Alrai…” – Your conversation is so interesting, I actually slept midway.
“That’s alright” – Polite way of saying “F**k it”
“Alright” – End the conversation / Stop talking / Alright
‘Alright’ does the same things as all those one word, rude conversation stoppers and does much more. No wonder I like the word, and no wonder people sometimes hate it when I say alright. Matter of fact, some of my friends may get furious if they read this post, but that’s alright.
- ABC for Alright But Certainty…. (pilgrimscanterbury.com)
- You Alright? (splitsecondmeetings.wordpress.com)