Mar 20th 2013

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Wednesday Word: Regardless, NOT Irregardless!

In English, there are many words that sound the same. The words “regardless” and “irregardless” fall into this category. Don’t worry – Ginger is here to clear up the confusion.

Is “irregardless” a word?
This question has plagued writers for decades. As far back as 1923, the Literary Digest published an article “Is There Such a Word as irregardless in the English Language?”
In short, the answer is “no”.

Clearing up the confusion
Regardless means “without regard to” or “despite.” For example, “I will go for a jog today, regardless of how cold it is outside.”

Irregardless is not a word, and often misused both conversationally and in writing. The word probably arose from combining “regardless” and “irrespective.”

The “ir”- prefix  at the beginning of the word and the “less” at the end are both negative elements which combine to make irregardless a non-standard word. Being non-standard makes it is grammatically incorrect.

What does Stewie think?
Always AVOID using the word irregardless. This “word” is so frowned upon that in the TV show Family Guy, Stewie becomes president of the world and makes a rule against using the word.

Regardless of your knowledge of the proper usage of the word, stop using irregardless today!

Read Ginger’s blog regularly for Grammar tips and make sure to download Ginger’s Free Proofreader to keep all of your writing error-free!

Clearing up linguisitic confusion,

The Ginger Team

 

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