ala vs À la : Common Errors in English

About ala vs À la

If you offer pie à la mode on your menu, be careful not to spell it “ala mode” or—worse—“alamode.” The accent over the first “a” is optional in English, although this is an adaptation of the French phrase à la mode de meaning “in the manner of.” The one-word spelling used to be common; but as people became more sensitive to preserving the spelling of originally French phrases, it fell out of favor. In whose manner is it to plop ice cream on your pie? Nobody really knows, but it’s yummy.Stick with the two-word spelling in all other uses of the phrase “à la” as well.

ala Meaning(s)

  • (n) a flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism
  • (n) a wing of an insect

ala in News

  1. Ala. officials consider jail overcrowding proposal

    BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — In response to concerns about jail overcrowding, state officials are considering a proposal to move some female inmates into a shuttered facility in Jefferson County. The county jail in Bessemer closed in 2009 because of budget constraints. Alabama Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Jeffery Williams tells WBMA-TV (http://bit.ly/14XORzc ) the state's prison ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WDEF Chattanooga

  2. Ala. company issues recall for beef jerky

    EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama-based company has issued a recall for about 1,800 pounds of beef jerky, saying the products are misbranded and don't include information about an allergen. United States Department of Agriculture officials said Wednesday that products manufactured by Eufaula-based Hickory Hollow Jerky, LLC contain Worcestershire sauce and anchovy paste. Officials say fish is a ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WDEF Chattanooga

  3. Ala. woman pleads guilty in bank larceny

    FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A former credit union branch manager has pleaded guilty in federal court to larceny. The TimesDaily of Florence reports (http://bit.ly/11wpjXI ) Beth Ann Ledbetter, of Muscle Shoals, appeared in court Wednesday and is the third former Valley Credit Union employee to plead guilty to bank larceny in the case. Officials say an early-April indictment charged Ledbetter and two ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WDEF Chattanooga

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