Let us return to the mythical oasis of Grammarland where the magic water of words flows in abundance. Ladies and gentlemen, I confess, I have a bad habit of typing “alot” when I’m not paying attention. No, not a lot of words; the actual word “alot” which I know is wrong. To help my brain come to grips with that silly fact I shall inflict a grammar lesson on the rest of you. Tee hee hee, so there. Let us begin.
A lot, Alot, Allot, (and Shallot).
A lot is used when there are a great number of something, “I bought a lot of chocolate.” It should be avoided in formal writing because it sounds like Forrest Gump. The term “lot” is also used when speaking of a parcel of land or collection of items. “Lot G will be sold next in the auction.”
Alot is not a word in the English language so quit using it!
Allot is a verb meaning to assign a portion, distribute, or to divide. “The writer allotted himself an hour a day to stare out the window.”
Shallot is a member of the onion family but is formed more like garlic, many cooks swear by it to heighten their cooking. There is also the poem by Tennyson, “The Lady of Shalott,” but I doubt he was talking about onions.