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In a message dated 10/19/2004 11:51:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Eugene.Suk(--nospam--at) writes:
FWIW, Merriam-Webster (or any other dictionary for that matter) won't
have "alot" as an entry.  The proper use of the term is "a lot".  An
old English teacher of mine helped me avoid the confusion to think of
"a little".  You would never think of combining those as one word, and
grammatically speaking, the two terms are synonymous.

You are entirely correct.  "alot" is a colloquialism,  where one writes the word the way it is pronounced.  It is grammatically incorrect, yet commonly used, especially on the Internet, as in the "Chats Alot Adult Site"  and the "Alot of Things" Ebay store.
Gail Kelley