Davidcrystal has published a new article on On ‘at all’, at all?
A correspondent thinks he hears at all used ‘at the end of every question one is asked nowadays’. He comments: ‘I reckon it is the bad habit of always trying to lengthen the question when posed by people with little confidence. Recently I was asked in the baker’s if I wanted my bread sliced “at all?” It was all I could do to refrain from replying “oh, about half-way through, please”.’
— Om Joshi