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    Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    If it is, how does it differ from "regardless of"?

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    Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by batmura
    If it is, how does it differ from "regardless of"?

    As far as I know, this word is listed as a non-standard word in dictionaries. You shoul avoid using it in formal writing.

    The word is thoroughly and consistently condemned in all American references . But itís also surprisingly common. Itís formed from regardless by adding the negative prefix ir-; as regardless is already negative, the word is considered a logical absurdity.


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    Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    I thought there is no such word as irregardless as 'regardless' itself tells the meaning 'not regarding'?

    Perhaps,it could be misused as a word!

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    Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    You will hear it used, though I wouldn't advise adopting it as many speakers hate it.

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    Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    Hate it-- in the sense-- that the meaning of it is unreasonable? Or you can use it but you should not as many hate?

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    Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    "Irregardless means the same as regardless: the negative prefix ir- is unnecessary as it merely duplicates the suffix -less. The word is regarded as incorrect in standard English." Soufce: Concise Oxford English Dictionary--is there anything to add here?

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    Talking Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    I find irregardless used more in England and the Eastern U.S.A. more than elsewhere I have visited. Depends on a persons educational background I think. Irregardless is very rare in day to day conversation, unless you run into the right person

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    Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    It seems to be the redundant bastard progeny of "regardless" and "irrespective".

    Cf. "intrical" ("integral" ◊ "intricate").

    MrP

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    Re: Is "irregardless" or word or not?

    Yes Saxonlight,I agree with you that it depends on a person's background after you have given a fact above.

    Thanks to all of you,Tdol,Nyggus,Saxonlight and MrP.

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