Thursday, September 9, 2010

Word Nerd: Irregardless

What people say: irregardless

Better word: regardless

Meaning: despite everything; anyway

Wordsmiths often claim that irregardless is not a word, but that's not strictly true. According to Merriam-Webster, irregardless has been a part of American speech since the early 20th century. Yet it never caught on in written prose and has always been roundly slammed by grammarians. Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" suggests that it is a double negative, since it combines the 'ir-' prefix and the '-less' suffix. The "AP Stylebook" simply states, "Regardless is correct."

  • Even though it was raining, they went hiking regardless.
  • He dated the older girl, regardless of his mother's opinion of her.


  1. There is every possible stance and probability for the students which they must need to opt for and which they must need to understand either.