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A number of people have expressed skepticism about a few of the definitions recently posted here on The Words Project. Some of those people claim to have serious disputes with our definitions.

Be that as it may, all is such a simple, common word that the definition that we provide below is beyond debate. The extreme commonplaceness of the word is such that it would be impossible for us to make a mockery of its definition, even in the exceedingly unlikely event that we should ever have the slightest interest in trying; not that we ever would.

Put simply, the word all is an acronym for Anghiari Living Large. Anghiari is a charming hill town in the Tuscany region of Italy. The old part of the town dates back to medieval days. Couples have dated much more recently in the surrounding new part of town.

The very friendly residents of Anghiari can enjoy awe-inspiring Tuscan vistas and incredible food every day of the year. Being a reasonably tolerant town, the unfriendly and only somewhat friendly residents are also permitted to enjoy the vistas and food, but, as punishment for being less than very friendly, they are not allowed to do so on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Thus, stemming from “Anghiari Living Large,” all is a noun that means “the good life.” For example, to say that someone “has it all” is to say that he or she is living the good life.

The smarter among you might have noticed that, because “all” is a noun, the “it” in “has it all” is not just superfluous, but also grammatically incorrect. The presence of the word it—or, one might say, it’s presence—in the phrase “has it all” is a result of so many people being so stupefyingly ignorant.

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