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DWROBERGE Posts: 355,668
11/1/12 7:06 P

no such word

LEANANDFREEAT23 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/1/12 6:02 P

I've had the "correction" conversation before ... it's definitely not worth it. I'm, at least, glad to know there are some sensible people out there who agree with me that the word is ridiculous.

KACEYSW Posts: 5,562
11/1/12 4:10 P

That is one of the words that makes my Grammar Grinch cringe. Regardless of its intended use, irregardless is incorrect.

ANARIE Posts: 13,185
11/1/12 4:00 P

It's nonstandard, but don't waste your energy telling him so. Telling someone that they use nonstandard English is kind of like telling them that they need to change their diet-- they already know and tend to turn hostile if you remind them. Irregardless is one of those things that's probably someday going to be considered "part of the common usage," like "tuna fish" and "ATM machine." Those are both redundant in the same way, but grammarians have given up on them.

(By the way, my spell check didn't flag "irregardless!")

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11/1/12 2:51 P


Oh my goodness, those are hilarious!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,957)
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11/1/12 2:41 P

@Lean & Free - maybe your coworker could enter next year's lit contest

these always crack me up

RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
11/1/12 2:34 P

it is believed to be a combination of regardless and irrespective and I think it is more of a redundancy than a double negative. It is definitely overkill and regardless is usually preferred.

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11/1/12 2:24 P

It's often used incorrectly. regardless is enough.

11/1/12 11:49 A


OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,957)
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11/1/12 11:43 A

I like the Urban Dictionary definition: A word used by uneducated people intending to sound intelligent. (That's been my personal experience)

although Merriam-Webster says the word has been around since 1927, and just isn't widely accepted.

I agree with you; it sounds like a double negative.

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 11/1/2012 (11:45)
RIOBAY Posts: 213
11/1/12 11:37 A

I agree that it's a double negative, drives me crazy when people say it!

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11/1/12 11:24 A

There is a guy at my work who sits near me and I've heard him talking the last few days and he always uses the word irregardless where I would just use the word regardless.

I haven't been able to find a definitive answer that it is or is not a usable English term but I've always felt like it's a double negative. What do you think?

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