"Irregardless" is a word, but...

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When discussing pet peeves in language, my fellow word lovers often mention the use of the word "irregardless."

Some have even expressed concern that its use is becoming so common that it may actually be included in dictionaries before long.

Bad news – it already is. BUT – those dictionaries note that it is NOT standard use. What does that mean? It means they recognize that it is common use, but it really isn't a proper word. It's lumped in with slang and jargon.

So WHY is irregardless not a proper word?correct and incorrect buttons

Because it's a double negative. Remember grade school – double negatives are a no-no. They're things like "I don't have no," which actually says "I don’t have not any," and means "I have some."

"Irregardless" is another double negative, which means it makes no sense.

The word "regardless" means regard-less – or without regard.

"Ir" is a negative prefix that means "not" or "without" – so "irregardless" means without without regard, or… with regard. And that, of course, is not the meaning that those who use it have in mind. 

 

So, don't worry, word lovers. People will go on using it and annoying you, but Grammar Girl believes we won't see "irregardless" listed as a proper word any time soon. 

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Thanks Myrl Jeffcoat . I've heard so many complaints about it that I had to write about it. 

Aug 03, 2015 01:56 PM #12
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Marte loved this post and I am so glad I popped in because there are so many of us who are not from this country or have English as a second or third language and our English is so execrable, Endre

Aug 03, 2015 04:40 PM #13
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Thanks for another great grammar police post, Marte Cliff .    Have you ever heard "Word Crimes" by Weird Al Yankovic?  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCctzdSW_7Y 

Aug 04, 2015 11:13 AM #14
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Hi Carol Williams - Yes, I have listened to Weird Al's take onthis - and I liked it. Will go lsiten again! 

Aug 04, 2015 11:18 AM #15
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Endre Barath, Jr. Your English is far better than that of many who have never stepped foot outside of this country. Must be because you make the effort. 

Aug 04, 2015 05:19 PM #16
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Marte- this word is one of Larry's pet peeves!  I'll have to show your post to him. 

Aug 05, 2015 04:26 AM #17
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Kathy Streib I'm always happy to support pet peeves!

Aug 05, 2015 05:59 AM #18
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I hear that word often and know when the person says it he is trying to make a point. I listen.

Aug 06, 2015 01:45 PM #19
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Debbie Reynolds That's an interesting way to look at it. 

Aug 07, 2015 02:20 AM #20
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Marte, oh yeah, that's one of my pet peeves, too! Not as bad as when I hear someone say "Her and I went to the store together."

By the way, I wrote about you today! You'll have to go check out 

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Aug 10, 2015 02:07 AM #21
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 I have a friend from high school days who still hasn't learned not to say "her and I."

I've been away all day, but now I'll go check out your post!

Thanks. 

Aug 10, 2015 09:11 AM #22
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Don't use irregardless when regardless works just as well on any day of the week and at any hour of the day.

Aug 13, 2015 04:11 PM #23
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"Her and me can be correct if you would use either one separately I found out by my friend the grammar dude.

Aug 13, 2015 04:12 PM #24
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I hope I just made sense there. It made sense to me and I don't want to scramble anyone's brain, haha!

Aug 13, 2015 04:14 PM #25
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"NEVERTHELESS" is just fine, thanks.

 

Aug 14, 2015 12:46 AM #26
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Laura Cerrano Yes, "her and me" is OK - as long as they're the object and not the subject. It does sound awkward, though. I think I prefer "us." 

Lenn Harley That works. 

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Good post, Marte.  We all have our pet peeves when it comes to grammar.  What I have a problem with is when there is now a comma where it used to be a no no.  I admit...it's been a long time since grammar school.

Aug 24, 2015 02:53 AM #28
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Pamela Cendejas I'm sure I don't know all the rules of grammar regarding commas. My own rule is to use a comma where I would naturally place a pause when speaking. Sometimes I use too many and go back later to remove a few before hitting send. 

I agree with you - I also see commas in odd places. If you read the sentence aloud and paused there, it would sound very strange. 

Aug 24, 2015 03:21 AM #29
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I've always used the same rule as you, Marte.  Seeing a comma after "and" and "or" is weird to me.  I'd rather see that, though, than hear someone say, "I seen" in a sentence.   Have a happy day.

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Pamela Cendejas Oh yes, that one makes me grit my teeth and bite my tongue to keep from correcting them.

So does "them" used as an adjective: "Them cars in the lot." Unfortunately for my ears, that usage is so common in my community that even highly educated people use it. 

Aug 24, 2015 04:24 AM #31
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