April 27, 2006

To The Barricades!

I'm with you, Jonah:

"IRREGARDLESS" [Jonah Goldberg ]

Irrespective and regardless of numerous objections from readers, I stand by my position that irregardless is not a word. As this explains it is at best "nonstandard" English. The most I am willing to concede to my critics is that the war to keep irregardless out of common usage is surely a losing one.

For a longer explanation of the "word's" controversy check out World Wide Words

It may be a losing war, but some evils are worth fighting regardless of the odds of success.

Posted by Robert at April 27, 2006 12:07 PM | TrackBack

Could you be more pacific?

Posted by: Bill from INDC at April 27, 2006 12:16 PM

Quiet, yew.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at April 27, 2006 12:40 PM

II picked up the word irregardless from my folks, didn't even know it wasn't a "real" word until I was 24 or so. I still use it, but that has more to do with my family's history of making up words and phrases.

Posted by: KG at April 27, 2006 12:40 PM

Irregardless ain't no word.
My legal writing instructor disabused me of the notion that irregardless was a word. About the only good that he did me.

Posted by: rbj at April 27, 2006 01:23 PM

I had an architectural history professor that always used that word. It made me cringe every time. The other thing I can't stand is the death of the collective noun. If you have two dollars in your pocket, do you have "monies?"

Posted by: Babs at April 27, 2006 01:35 PM

Then you have evil bastards like this guy trying to turn "concept" into a verb... because, I guess, conceptualize is just too much work

Posted by: JD at April 27, 2006 05:09 PM

This reminds me of a woman I once worked for who would always say "mute point" rather than "moot point." Drove us all nuts.

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