Raise your hand if you think “irregardless” is a real word.
Okay, hands down. Now raise your hand if you think it’s not a real word. Finally, raise your hand if you couldn’t care less … or is it could care less?
Congratulations if you voted in support of irregardless.
“It may not be a word that you like, or a word that you would use in a term paper, but irregardless certainly is a word,” according to Merriam-Webster. “We define irregardless as regardless. It has been in use for well over 200 years, employed by a large number of people across a wide geographic range and with a consistent meaning. That is why we, and well-nigh every other dictionary of modern English, define this word.”
But just because irregardless is a bona fide word doesn’t mean you should start peppering your correspondence and court filings with it. Merriam-Webster says acknowledging the word’s existence isn’t the same as endorsing its use.
“Many people find irregardless to be a nonsensical word, as the ir- prefix usually functions to indicates negation; however, in this case it appears to function as an intensifier. Similar ir- words, while rare, do exist in English [irremediless (remediless), irrelentlessly (relentlessly)]. We label irregardless as nonstandard rather than slang.”
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Take This Synonym Quiz
Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Which is a synonym of dilatory?
Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Which is a synonym of peregrinate?
Which is a synonym of celerity?
What is the definition of benedict?
- one who administers the rules of a game
- a dishonest practitioner of medicine
- conscious abandonment of allegiance
- a newly married man who has long been a bachelor
Which is a synonym of billingsgate?
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- the act of sorrowing
- a disposition to bear injuries patiently
- a deceptive goal or hope
- deficient in clarity
Which is a synonym of glabrous?
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ANSWERS: 1, 3, 3, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 2, 4, 4
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