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I quite like it as a whole word. Okay?
Alright isn't a word.
Here we go.
The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing.
I bet you're intolerant of 'gotten', too.
yet it's probably the most internationally recognised phrase (along with with stuff like Coca-Cola).
Some people think it's from "Oll Korrect", which I think was from US railway men who used to write it on stuff as a joke to mean there were no problems (the joke being that ths spelling was a problem). Doesn't really explain how it caught on though.
and sometimes even ''Okey''. Yep, I am THAT fruity.
OK for an email, Okay when I'm writing prose.
Billy Bryson in Made in America (about the development of American English) spends a bit of time on it and mentions loads of theories, including some of these, the one I mentioned up there, and others.
okay isn't actually the whole word. It's just an extended form of 'ok', and not the other way round. Therefore I prefer 'ok'. Small letters.
but sometimes, just ok when I'm doing that posting a response to a comment that I don't really have anything else to say to but feel like I should say something.
historically accurate, but rather pretentieux.