September 13th, 2006

I love this word. I don't even remember where I saw it (it may have been some blog discussing language), but I feel a strong urge to use it. And I haven't found a context in which it would apply yet, but it's a wonderfully confusing word. It also sounds wonderful. Say it out loud to yourself, slowly, to really appreciate its elegance. :proud:

I received a letter today which contained the word irrespective and it immediately reminded me of a word I saw some time ago and wanted to use. It took me a while to remember irregardless, but now that I've blogged it, it's unlikely to escape me again. :cool:

Irregardless, one must do what one must, mustn't one?

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4 Responses to "irregardless"

  1. ash says:

    Interesting, I saw a post a couple of days ago, can't remember which blog, about mistakes people make in languages and how it really really annoys some people - and they mentioned irregardless. I'd never heard of the word before but now that I have...I think it's pretty damn stupid.
    Irregardless seems like the kind of word that pretentious people use to make themselves sound clever, not realising that they just made up a pointless word. What the hell does irregardless convery that 'regardless' doesn't? Other than ignorance?

  2. numerodix says:

    No no, it's not stupid, it's very cool! :cool:

    I don't have the same associations as you. I associate it with a situation where someone is trying to excel in writing (while not being a writer) and they just happen to write irregardless, because they think it sounds astute. It's an oversight, but an amusing one. And since it means absolutely nothing, it's funny to use it to hint at a meaning just for the sake of confusion. :D

  3. erik says:

    "How long have you been waiting to squeeze THAT into a conversation?"

  4. John says:

    I'm with Ash on this. It's a daft 'word'. You're right of course, it's just used by fools who are trying to write above themselves, but that doesn't make it any better.