4.21.2014

Regardless, It's the Letter R

R is for REGARDLESS, meaning despite the circumstances, or without regard for.

The shocker?  IRREGARDLESS is the improper usage of REGARDLESS.  I know.  It surprised me too, because so many people say it.  In the past, I've said it myself.

The word is REGARDLESS.  IRREGARDLESS is a double negative, and the "non-standard" use of REGARDLESS.  It's improper all around and makes English teachers and editors cringe. 

Example of the two words used properly:  Irregardless is an incorrect word, regardless of your desire to use it.

Tuck that in the grammar slot of your brain, so you don't upset the grammar goblin.  Never use irregardless again. You'll look so smart.

Tell everyone you heard it here first.  Regardless of whether you did or not. 

Then, I'll look real smart.

  





11 comments:

Kenya G. Johnson @ KenyaGJohnson.com said...

I've heard that - MANY times. It's like nails on a chalkboard. SCREEEECH. Ugh!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm always saying I learn something new every day and I did not know those facts about regardless. At least if I did I don't remember it.

Creations By Cindy said...

LOL! I've used that incorrect word my whole life..along with a bunch more I am sure! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

IRREGARDLESS, I will probably fall into that trap. It just sounds good, irregardless. :)

Crystal Collier said...

I use this work frequently, and my hubby who's silly and I adore, always follows up my use with the incorrect word. We have rather a running dialog with it. =)

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Lynn Proctor said...

yeah has always confused me :)

KT Did said...

Never knew that. Regardless, I will never use that word again :)
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Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I have never thought Irregardless to be a word

Wendy LaPlaca said...

Irregardless, I still like the word :) I thought it was recently added to the dictionary? My spell checker didn't redline it :D

Jerralea said...

Mare, you grammar nazi, you! Actually, I know what you mean about the non-word, irregardless. I don't like to hear it, either. The kicker is I have a friend who pronounces it ILLregardless all the time. It's all I can do to not say anything.

Cathy said...

I've used it myself but regardless, I won't again. :)