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Is "Ahold" a Word?

Q: I see people use "ahold" and "a hold," but I've been told that "ahold" isn't a word. Can you clear this up for me once and for all? –Nina J.

A: Unlike "alot" which isn't a word, "ahold" is a word recognized by Merriam-Webster, Garner's Modern American Usage and most other writing authorities. For example:

While it's not easy to get ahold of playoff tickets, I know a guy who knows a guy who sold me two. I tried to get ahold of my wife to see if she wanted to go, but she doesn't consider Wrestlemania "the playoffs."

So don't hold back on your use of ahold.

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