Irregardless is not a word  

pickthisguy11 36M
60 posts
12/29/2005 1:06 am

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Irregardless is not a word

People, please for my sanity, stop using this "word". The word you are in fact looking for is...wait for it...wait...regardless.

It drives me fucking insane when I keep hearing this used day after day. It doesn't even make sense. Look it up in the dictionary.

It is a redundancy. The suffix "less" on the end of the word already makes the word negative. It doesn’t need the negative prefix "ir" added, this will only make it more negative.

BiF33Ut 50F
295 posts
12/29/2005 2:50 am

I don't normally reply to people's blogs.. and I don't normally get involved in these types of discussions (you know the kinds.. they can go on for hours - days even) with just the right person...

IRREGARDLESS... (which I might add is a word - see exerpt inserted at the bottom). As I was saying irregardless, I am in Disneyland right now, recouperating from sensory overload, and Happiest place on Earth syndrome, so I figured I would give it a stab.

It also happens to be one of my Dad's pet peeves. It aggrivates him that a woman SO educated (as he says) can be so DUMB. Maybe that is why I am opting to take up the fight... maybe it is because I'm not looking to you for approval or any of that "Daddy didn't love you enough" psycho-babble. I don't know.. it could just be the 8 shots of expresso in the last 80 minutes.

Here's my resource for the word irregardless (which means without regard, just like the word regardless):

Taken from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

One entry found for irregardless.

Main Entry: ir斟e搽ard損ess
Pronunciation: "ir-i-'g酺d-l&s
Function: adverb
Etymology: probably blend of irrespective and regardless
nonstandard : REGARDLESS
usage Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its fairly widespread use in speech called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that "there is no such word." There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance.

Hmm... I had anticipated a greater sense of satisfaction and personal gain off post the above. Oh well.. no big deal. Irregardless of it all.. it's still a word..

On that note.. thanks for letting me rant in your cubby of cyberspace... Hope it didn't crush you LOL..


pickthisguy11 36M
79 posts
12/29/2005 8:26 pm

You are right that technically it is a word. Before writing my post I read the same thing you did. However, you left off the ending, where it states "use regardless instead". There are many entries in the dictionary for words that are not actually words(think slang).

The debate will continue about the use of this "nonword". Hopefully, someday people will stop using this "word" for the sake of my sanity.

Sorry you didn't get the satisfaction you were seeking, and no, I'm not crushed. But, readers of my blog know that I tend to post many stupid things that you can use to prove me wrong.

rm_slaveslut30 57M/41F

2/22/2006 2:27 pm

hmmm methinks it matters too much, but here goes. ain't is a word just as irregardless is a word. any word used in a specific context enough times, and the definition is adopted, thus the word "exists" and "is a word". that isn't to say either is proper english, and as in irregardless i like the online definition i saw, it ended with "Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so."
i suppose it ties your knickers in knots when people pronunciate words incorrectly also, like saying "nuc-u-lar". just remember, it only drives you as crazy as you let it ~ [slaveslut30]

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