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(Huffington Post)   Closed circuit memo to Miss Fortenbras, subby's ninth-grade English teacher: turns out that 'Irregardless' is a real word after all. Ah, the sweet sweet sound of vindication   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2013-12-16 08:08:29 AM  
if only there was some book that had a list of these so called "words" and their definitions.  well, until then we just have to wait.
 
2013-12-16 08:32:34 AM  
Word nerds need something to get their knickers in knots over. They have so little.
 
2013-12-16 08:53:51 AM  

Mangoose: Word nerds need something to get their knickers in knots over. They have so little.


Normally I would wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment, but words are kind of important.
 
2013-12-16 08:58:07 AM  
There was a time when a nice well placed irregardless would draw all of the grammar nazis out of the woodwork in a fark thread.  Green arrows would black out the thread..........

/alas, no more
 
2013-12-16 09:02:50 AM  
It's a perfectly cromulent word.....
 
2013-12-16 09:05:02 AM  
So... "regardless" means "without regard". Doesn't that make "irregardless" mean "without without regard... meaning "with regard"?

I has a confus...
 
2013-12-16 09:05:04 AM  
Frankly my dear, I don't give a flirgle.
 
2013-12-16 09:05:09 AM  
I could care less.
 
2013-12-16 09:08:14 AM  

zobear: Frankly my dear, I don't give a flirgle.


I'm with you. I LITERALLY could not give a firgle less. . . .
 
2013-12-16 09:09:17 AM  
The same people who had issues with the formation of the word 'irregardless' never have the same problems with 'inflammable'. I always found that strange.
 
2013-12-16 09:09:45 AM  
It's only a word now because morans
 
2013-12-16 09:10:37 AM  
Well the point is mute.
 
2013-12-16 09:10:47 AM  
Whatever. It's a mute point.
 
2013-12-16 09:11:24 AM  
Well isn't this an ironic turn of events.
 
2013-12-16 09:11:40 AM  
For all intensive purposes, who the fark cares?
 
2013-12-16 09:12:43 AM  
Meh, I could care less
 
2013-12-16 09:12:54 AM  
"Irregardless" is a real word in the sense that made-up names like "Quanteesha" are real names and made-up "facts" like the Earth being 6,000 years old are real facts (because somebody wanting them to be real is enough, apparently).
 
2013-12-16 09:13:23 AM  
You people are making me twitch.
 
2013-12-16 09:14:19 AM  
FTA: "But when someone uses irregardless, you know exactly what it means..."

Yes. What it means is that the someone using irregardless is a farking moran.
 
2013-12-16 09:14:50 AM  
As in "Irregardless on her multiple STDs, lots of people at the truck stop still get blowjobs from subby's mom."
 
2013-12-16 09:15:03 AM  

Lucky LaRue: Mangoose: Word nerds need something to get their knickers in knots over. They have so little.

Normally I would wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment, but words are kind of important.


What are words for when no one talks right anymore?
 
2013-12-16 09:15:10 AM  

menschenfresser: "Irregardless" is a real word in the sense that made-up names like "Quanteesha" are real names and made-up "facts" like the Earth being 6,000 years old are real facts (because somebody wanting them to be real is enough, apparently).


The OED would respectfully disagree with your assessment.
 
2013-12-16 09:15:20 AM  
Well back when I was growing up Ain't wasn't a word either.
 
2013-12-16 09:15:30 AM  

megarian: Whatever. It's a mute point.


Pffffffft!

It's a MOOOOOOO POINT.' 'It's like a cow's opinion. It doesn't matter ...
 
2013-12-16 09:16:21 AM  

menschenfresser: "Irregardless" is a real word in the sense that made-up names like "Quanteesha" are real names and made-up "facts" like the Earth being 6,000 years old are real facts (because somebody wanting them to be real is enough, apparently).


Considering language changes over time.. a person speaking Middle English would find your greatly amusing.
 
2013-12-16 09:18:05 AM  
I'm so glad she and I didn't have to conversate about this face-to-face.
 
2013-12-16 09:18:50 AM  
Tee hee. Fountain Bras. (snicker)

I wasn't nice to Mr. Glasscock either.
 
2013-12-16 09:19:28 AM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: menschenfresser: "Irregardless" is a real word in the sense that made-up names like "Quanteesha" are real names and made-up "facts" like the Earth being 6,000 years old are real facts (because somebody wanting them to be real is enough, apparently).

Considering language changes over time.. a person speaking Middle English would find your greatly amusing.


Whan that Quanteesha with hise shoures soote. The droghte of March hath nonirregardlesslessly perced to the roote
 
2013-12-16 09:19:41 AM  
Language evolves. People will get over it.
 
2013-12-16 09:20:49 AM  
Irregardless is now a word because people who didn't know how to say regardless kept using it. Usage is typically what deems something dictionary-worthy. It's the same idea that got 'bling' and 'literally(as is commonly misused today)' into dictionaries. Yes, there is now a new definition of literally that means "not literally or an exaggeration" because stupid people. Dammit. I should stop using 'because' like that too since the world seems intent on redefining that too.
 
2013-12-16 09:21:08 AM  
Turns out 'ax' (as in "I'll ax you once more") is completely cromulent too,

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/12/03/248515217/why-chaucer- s aid-ax-instead-of-ask-and-why-some-still-do
 
2013-12-16 09:21:14 AM  
regardless the author seems to be both couth and ept. (possibly kempt).
 
2013-12-16 09:22:36 AM  

bigheadface: Language evolves. People will get over it with issues with the change eventually die off.


I think this is more likely.

//My friends still have issues with 'ain't' being so widely used and complain frequently and annoyingly.
 
2013-12-16 09:22:51 AM  
"Irregardless is not a word." One ignorantly demanded, "Show me a dictionary that actually contains that word." (I could show him several.) "

A quick look around dictionaries online suggests that they all have the word filed under slang and/or idioms, including Merriem-Websters and the OED that the author specifically cites.
 
2013-12-16 09:23:20 AM  

markfara: zobear: Frankly my dear, I don't give a flirgle.

I'm with you. I LITERALLY could not give a firgle less. . . .


Its like words mean exactly what you want them to mean, nothing more, nothing less.

/I'd like to decimate the number of definitions in the dictionary.
//Its like it's not worth it to be pedantic about grammar any more.
///I can't figure out how to work a sentence ending in a preposition.
 
2013-12-16 09:23:50 AM  
Hey Subby, your Engish teacher was right.

In the sense that our English education barely recognizes the nature of language itself as a living entity, in favor of relaying the basic foundation for it to exist in the first place.

This support for "irregardless" would have been impossible to explain to you in 9th grade, and seems to have completely gone over your head now that you're in 10th grade.
 
2013-12-16 09:24:15 AM  
I don't believe we should be lowering everything to the lowest common denominator and altering the way we speak just to make up for the aversion to knowledge shown by the illiterate majority. I don't care if everyone knows what irregardless means. We only know that from hearing it so many times from idiots. The onus should be on those idiots to learn what things like "ir" and "less" mean when applied to root words. That is actually important. It causes the meaning of words like irrefutable, irreparable, irrelevant, etc into question.  Until we decide to get rid of using that language format as a whole, we should not just throw up our hands and give in when those who don't care to learn what's correct beat us over the head with meaningless drivel. 4+4 is not 17 no matter how many people say it is. "Blah blah blah words change, language isn't set it stone". Ok. Stop using any word with ir as a prefix or less as a suffix. Or use them all correctly.
 
2013-12-16 09:28:43 AM  

dryknife: I could care less.


This literally makes my blood boil
 
2013-12-16 09:28:50 AM  

taurusowner: I don't believe we should be lowering everything to the lowest common denominator and altering the way we speak just to make up for the aversion to knowledge shown by the illiterate majority.... "Blah blah blah words change, language isn't set it stone".


LOL.
 
2013-12-16 09:28:56 AM  

DayeOfJustice: Irregardless is now a word because people who didn't know how to say regardless kept using it. Usage is typically what deems something dictionary-worthy. It's the same idea that got 'bling' and 'literally(as is commonly misused today)' into dictionaries. Yes, there is now a new definition of literally that means "not literally or an exaggeration" because stupid people. Dammit. I should stop using 'because' like that too since the world seems intent on redefining that too.


The etymology I read indicated that literally has been used to mean figuratively as long as it has been used to mean literal, as written, without exaggeration.
 
2013-12-16 09:29:35 AM  
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It had been a rough day, so when I walked into the party I was very chalant, despite my efforts to appear gruntled and consolate. I was furling my wieldy umbrella for the coat check when I saw her standing alone in a corner. She was a descript person, a woman in a state of total array. Her hair was kempt, her clothing shevelled, and she moved in a gainly way. I wanted desperately to meet her, but I knew I'd have to make bones about it, since I was travelling cognito. Beknownst to me, the hostess, whom I could see both hide and hair of, was very proper, so it would be skin off my nose if anything bad happened. And even though I had only swerving loyalty to her, my manners couldn't be peccable. Only toward and heard-of behavior would do. Fortunately, the embarrassment that my maculate appearance might cause was evitable. There were two ways about it, but the chances that someone as flappable as I would be ept enough to become persona grata or sung hero were slim. I was, after all, something to sneeze at, someone you could easily hold a candle to, someone who usually aroused bridled passion. So I decided not to rush it. But then, all at once, for some apparent reason, she looked in my direction and smiled in a way that I could make heads or tails of. So, after a terminable delay, I acted with mitigated gall and made my way through the ruly crowd with strong givings. Nevertheless, since this was all new hat to me and I had no time to prepare a promptu speech, I was petuous. She responded well, and I was mayed that she considered me a savory char- acter who was up to some good. She told me who she was. "What a perfect nomer," I said, advertently. The conversation became more and more choate, and we spoke at length to much avail. But I was defatigable, so I had to leave at a godly hour. I asked if she wanted to come with me. To my delight, she was committal. We left the party together and have been together ever since. I have given her my love, and she has requited it.
 
2013-12-16 09:29:45 AM  
U pepes are totes cray.

/smrt
 
2013-12-16 09:31:13 AM  
Irregardless Cafe Raleigh, NC
 
2013-12-16 09:31:25 AM  
Just because it's been acknowledged as prevalent that doesn't mean you should use it.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-16 09:32:31 AM  

DayeOfJustice: Irregardless is now a word because people who didn't know how to say regardless kept using it.


It's really because people confused "regardless" and "irrespective."
 
2013-12-16 09:32:31 AM  
Language "rules" are exactly as permanent and true as fashion "rules." Which is to say they change all the time and complaining that people aren't holding to an older rule is silly because your old rule is just as arbitrary and baseless as the new one.
 
2013-12-16 09:32:33 AM  
Good. Third person gender neutral singular is still "they," right ?
 
2013-12-16 09:32:43 AM  
found in reputable dictionaries, including Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

That is not a reputable dictionary. Roast in hell, Noah Webster.
 
2013-12-16 09:33:21 AM  
Don't we have spell and grammar check to fix this sort of issue?

//Ha, just kidding.
 
2013-12-16 09:35:20 AM  
Language changes.  Who knew?
 
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