Monday, March 16, 2009

not acceptable

You know what really chaps my ass? When people say "irregardless". Why? BECAUSE IT'S NOT REALLY A WORD. Let's break it down. Regardless means without regard. So, according to Wikipedia, it would logically follow that "since the prefix ir- means 'not' (as it does with irrespective), and the suffix -less means 'without,' irregardless is a double negative." I don't think that I can adequately put into words how angry I get when I hear someone say that word.

Even Merriam Webster agrees with me: "Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead." So thank you Merriam Webster, for proving my point and thus justifying my irrational grammar anger. On a day like today, when I feel as though my head may simultaneously implode and explode, it is very much appreciated.

4 comments:

Natalie said...

not gonna lie i kind of want that polar bear to come over here...

jessie said...

Just use the non-word "irregardless" and you'll get your wish.

Anonymous said...

Irregardless, ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean that's just like the rules of feminism.

jessie said...

Excellent Mean Girls reference, mr/ms anonymous.