'Irregardless' Is a Real Word

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No phrase receives as a lot lexical scorn as “irregardless”—I felt a shiver simply typing it. But in contrast to the made-up phrases it usually will get lumped in with, together with “supposably” and “sherbert,” irregardless is technically an actual phrase. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says so.

Kory Stamper, a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster and writer of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, explains on this video that the phrase was first utilized in dialectical American speech within the early 20th century, and stays considerably frequent in spoken English. It means “regardless,” and is a mix of two phrases: “irrespective” and “regardless.”

In the dialect that it comes from, “irregardless” is an emphatic “regardless.” So in the event you’re a local speaker of explicit dialects that use the phrase, Stamper tells Business Insider that you simply might need a dialog like this:

I would say, “Dad, let me borrow the automobile. I’m a extremely good driver.” And he’ll say, “Regardless, I’m not snug.” I’ll say, “Oh however come on. I’ll get it detailed, and I’ll put gasoline in it.” He’ll say, “Irregardless, no.” The level of the “irregardless” is to close down dialog.

In commonplace English, although … no. It’s clunky, and it’s simple to imagine that the prefix “ir” would make it “not regardless,” which … huh? Stamper notes that “simply because a phrase’s a phrase doesn’t essentially imply you need to use it,” and encourages folks to make use of “regardless” as an alternative. Repeating for emphasis: Use “regardless” as an alternative.

If studying this submit is supplying you with an offended tic, relaxation assured that the phrase might be not making a comeback. According to a Grammarly poll, 74 p.c of voters say “irregardless” will not be an actual phrase, although everyone knows how a lot weight the favored vote has.

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