Nonstandard Words and Descriptive Dictionaries. As I read this article, I couldn't help but think of the arrogance of one culture to try to tell another it is somehow inferior. Those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. The word participant has exactly the same meaning and is less of a tongue twister. Exactly. When someone doesn't listen closely to how a word sounds, they can fill in the blanks using common words that sound similar (e.g. is not; am not; have not). Regardless means without regard. To make matters worse, (for those who HATE grammar nazis) I do make mistakes and have my own private list of occasional errors. This is another non-standard word that has made it into some dictionaries. Regardless vs. Irregardless. Irregardless. For example, orient and orientate are both acceptable. It was probably formed on the analogy of such words as irrespective, irrelevant, and irreparable. :). Irregardless. For this reason, it sometimes makes it into dictionaries as a non-standard word. express). You know what, people who have dared to comment here are truly brave. Its nonstandard status is due to the double negative construction of the prefix ir- with the suffix -less. Anyways, why are you leaving?” The word is considered superfluous: Most dictionaries list it as an informal synonym for anyway. It could have been made in the 20th century or the 14th and it still would have been unnecessary. Most grammarians agree with Garner’s Modern American Usage: “Firstly is considered inferior to first.” But it is a word that people use, even if the best example is given in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary—”Firstly, gather all the ingredients together”—sounds a bit awkward. The latter is more often used in British English where orient is synonymous with east-Asia. It does not, has not, and will not. However, it … While is just fine in any situation, and 'whilst' sounds as archaic as it does pretentious . I am usually always correcting peoples grammar and getting into arguments over whether or not words are 'real'! I think whelmed should make a comeback! amusingly authored and insghtfully presented. asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the exit. A very good list. I had the same problem with "orient". Just in case you're keeping score. Not surprisingly, whelmed means to be completely overcome, inundated, or submerged. Oh, wait, it’s not a word! can get weirder, why can’t a fun drink get funner after they’re gone? It was a pleasure to read. If you were on trial for murder, you would want a disinterested judge & jury--not uninterested ones. . In recent years, "alot" of people have realized it's not a proper word. They are going to use the fork. Sometimes, words like “conversate” or “irregardless” become “established because speakers in the language find it useful,” Brewster said. “Irregardless” is a word, but it's not a proper word, and your student's assertion that it's in some dictionaries is a great opportunity to talk about the different kinds of entries in dictionaries. Even though it is technically there, there are a large number of people who don’t consider it a word. It feels like an accidental word… Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 24, 2017: I wish we could abolish the word "literally" from the English language. "Look it up. Then I was corrected by my barista friend. I think I used to say expresso LOL!!! Listen to Public Enemy, then get back to me. Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 07, 2013: Thanks Mavisat, I think I've been guilty of that one a few times. Hah "gooder"... that's one that could have gone in. When people say irregardless, they actually mean to say regardless. Regardless, reiterate has made it into the dictionary. :). And I ALWAYS use 'firstly' and 'secondly'! So, if words like "valentimes," "irregardless," and "alot" (don't even get us started on this one), make your head want to explode (literally), then this quiz is for you. Oh this was so funny, I got excited and hit every button! Which, again, is another word pertaining to anything extremely large. However, English is full of those words, like “incent” for “incentivize,” itself a fancy word for “motivate.” And we have synonyms, which are just like another word, so why do we need those? Like conversate above, irregardless isn’t actually a word. The word is "regardless," not "irregardless." Dating back to the 13th century, anyways was gradually shortened to anyway. If you are ordering an espresso coffee and you ask for an "expresso," you might get laughed at. In fact, you probably will delete this comment. One example he used was "utilize." I will have none of it.”. That one is quite a common mistake. That's all I can say. The meaning isn't clear either, as some people think it means defunct (making the prefix unnecessary), while others use it to mean something that isn't defunct. Those "words," along with a few others you mentioned, I hear all the time and it drives me nuts. Cheers belleart! She earned a BA in English from the University of Connecticut, be so regarded.” In response, grammarian James J. Kilpatrick lamented that. It only exists as opposition to a supposed complete lockdown on language, which doesn't actually occur. Irregardless, it looks like the word will not be going anywhere anytime soon. Nuculer. Regardless vs. Irregardless, Sneaked vs. Snuck, Assure vs. I love finding out about grammar and punctuation.....which is reminding me of the hilarious book by Lynne Truss; "Eats, Shoots and Leaves....you know the one? People use it to add emphasis and just end up sounding ridiculous (and stupid). Participator is listed in most dictionaries despite there being a shorter alternative. 7. It’s Nonstandard English and is not recommended for formal writing. Wrong meaning: Regardless, without consideration of (or despite) the circumstances. 1. Irregardless definition, regardless. It first appeared in 17th Century England around the time of another plague outbreak, although I am sure that's just a coincidence. Adverb. really interesting hub....it made me think twice about the words I hear and always thought they were "correct". Those who use the word, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. It might be why some people think irregardless is a word. Though I'm guilty of the "overwhelmed" thing because I thought it's generally accepted (and it's in the dictionary haha). Honestly, the day the word "irregardless" is added to the dictionary is the day we're going to just give up. irregardless first appeared in the early 20th century and was perhaps popularized by its use in a comic radio program of the 1930s. Although "irregardless" sounds stupid to a scholar, it sounds much more intelligent to a punk kid, and since I'm little more than a very old punk kid, I use nonwords like "irregardless" and pretend to sound kewl when I really sound like a nitwit. Feels ‘Right in the feels’ F--k you and your mother. We are no longer supporting IE (Internet Explorer) as we strive to provide site experiences for browsers that support new web standards and security practices. As you mention, it's worth thanking people for pointing out mistakes, which is what I do on those occasions. Its popularity has earned it a place in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Are millions of English speakers re-repeating themselves, or is this another literal travesty? WHY would anyone not fully appreciate being corrected, complete with explanation and guidance? (Internet, computers, television, etc., Therefore, how we say one thing today may not be the way we say it in the future. Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 04, 2013: Thomas Swan: What a fun hub. A perfect example is irregardless.Many scholars maintain there is no such word as irregardless because regardless already means “without regard.” Do they prefer to display ignorance? regardless. "Ain't" ain't a word, either. Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 27, 2013: Thank you bestkidsneeds and vlogan25 for your kind comments. Heather from Arizona on November 02, 2013: Great article. Für euch haben wir eine Selektion von getesteten Words like irregardless und jene nötigen Fakten die man benötigt. Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 09, 2013: I loved this hub. Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on August 07, 2013: Thank you for an informative and entertaining Hub. '” Meanwhile, English is left with no word reserved to mean “in a literal sense.” Result: Language purists refuse to use literally figuratively. In some desolate areas of London and the American deep south, "brung" is used as the past participle of bring. Thread Status: Not open for further replies. irrespective. And it’s not because the lexicographers working on these dictionaries have betrayed the English language by allowing such a mongrel of a word into them. Um den relevanten Eigenarten der Produkte zu entsprechen, vergleichen wir bei der Auswertung eine Vielzahl von Eigenarten. Cheers Canthearmescream! Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 11, 2013: What about "ATM machine" and "PIN number". Many of them seem as obvious as a slap in the face with a wet noodle, though yes, I've used unthaw in the past, but I learned the error of my ways :D. This is terrific and I'm so glad I saw it come through the feed thanks to Sunny River! Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 14, 2013: Cheers for commenting Vishakha, Poetic Fool, LisaKoski, Carb Diva, and tattuwurn. I feel like a punk kid trying to sound intelligent when I use words like that. Confusion, grasping for a word, but unsure of oneself. This means English is a living language. Adding the suffix "ly" to words such as first, second and third is technically a correct usage. (Same with conversating and conversated. I also sometimes use "ain't" to parody people. I will never understand that one. You're a lucky one then! Along with being a sometimes grammar nazi, I get just as irritated when people use feel like, feel as if, and feel as though to describe their thoughts, opinions, or assumptions. Why do people say "irregardless" and where do we get words like "sleuth," "red herring," and "gumshoe"? Thanks for drawing attention to these words and for the laughs! Registered: May 20, 2005. wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on August 07, 2013: What a great hub! Or use our Unscramble word solver to find your best possible play! Why you don’t want “irregardless” to be a word. I've probably made that mistake in the past, but I'd like to think I wouldn't any more. It took me a few seconds to realize what you meant, so I've probably been guilty of saying those. "Allons bon!" It is simply not a word! It identifies anyways as being of North American origin and gives this snobbish example: “You wouldn’t understand all them long words anyways.”, Like irregardless and anyways, orientate can be used but shouldn’t. So even though it is a word, irregardless is still far from being widely accepted. The English language is littered with words that don't exist or shouldn't be there. It's horrible to be taken for granite! This leads me to my question. It was probably formed on the analogy of such words as irrespective, irrelevant, and irreparable. Some of these words were forced into existence by their popular use; with dictionary writers succumbing to the will of mass ignorance. Some people use Irregardless to mean the same thing as regardless, but it is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir-and -less. This hub made me laugh out loud, especially at the mention of "irregardless," "aksed," and "supposably." See more. misspelling? Therefore, it is peculiar that the word entered mainstream culture with the prefix "re". Great list! Despite its prefix and suffix adding up to a double negative, the speaker still generally uses the quirky word as a substitute for either of its originating words. Top: RELATED ARTICLES VIDEO: This Is Arguably the Best Christmas Ad of 2020. Here are some more examples of short-texting that you really should know by now. Your ability to feel emotions is not a goddamn organ.-TooBadF--ker. Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on November 19, 2013: Thanks for commenting idigwebsites. Regardless, still and all, anyway. 4. - how many s's would you like?) Particularly interesting to word nerds like Sokolowski, a lexicographer, is quarantine. Those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. Full list of synonyms for Irregardless is here. Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on March 30, 2014: Oh dear, I see a few here that I am prone to using - notably 'unequivocably' and 'preventative' and 'reiterate'. Cheers Angie. Overwhelmed, yes, guilty as charged. Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on October 03, 2013: You do write some very interesting hubs. Maybe you could have titled this nice hub: 'It ain't what you say, it's the way what you say it!' Enjoyed the hub. Our wonderful President, as well as Jack Bauer, seem to know about a whole new form of energy. Language is an evolving and developing "living" thing.. Marie Ryan from Andalusia, Spain on August 07, 2013: Thomas, the blurb on the back of the book reads as follows: (I hope I don't get in trouble for copying!). Interesting topic :). This is always crystal clear to me, when I listen carefully to a person who has learned English as their second language or I read something they have written. cries a passerby, unregardless of the poor man's mishap, "Monsieur est done côté à la … For those who do not, it means to repeat. Hilarious and educational, liked on Facebook and I'll be sharing :) Cheers! I can't stand when I hear the word brung used instead of brought just like went used in place of gone. Irregardless has been used so often that it actually is in the dictionary now and that’s kind of sad. And you should also be aware that it might not be good to use a word a lot of people rightfully see as very problematic. Aksed drives me crazy. Thank you again for the kind words and share! The book has even got some stickers at the back which you can peel off and actually use to correct mistakes you encounter in daily life. Anyway, I don't expect a response. Barbara Badder from USA on October 11, 2013: They just had a list of words added to the dictionary this morning on The Morning Show. They are going to use the fork. 3. Loved it... Ive heard "irrespective'..is that a real word?? Tap to play or pause GIF Disney Pixar It rolls off the tongue so nicely, but it's also not a word. become, into, elsewhere). Victor Logan from Omaha, NE on August 26, 2013: Janet Vale from San Diego, California on August 23, 2013: Nice list of words that shouldn't exist. Another objection is that “irregardless” is illogical, since adding the “ir-” prefix repeats the “-less” suffix. Irregardless. Mustafar_66 Jedi Grand Master. Irregardless isn't a word, as fun as it is to say. "Why?" pljarizona, thanks for your comment. Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on October 06, 2013: Thanks for commenting Michelle. It feels like an accidental word… Net-net Like "irregardless, " this phrase is meaningful when chopped in half, and meaningless in whole--except to indicate that the speaker doesn't know what "net" means. I've possessed "an idiot" many times it seems! Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on September 18, 2014: Yea, we can be forgiven overwhelmed. I just wish it didn't have to exist in the first place. She was previously an editorial intern for RD.com and Westchester Magazine. Registered: Jun 11, 2005. Thanks for a fun hub!!! Irregardless bothers the hell out of me.-foneddotnet. Please don't blame me, prior to this hub and as you suggested, we don't hear people say whelmed and I wasn't even aware that it was a word. is words ending in suffixes such as 'edly' or 'ably'. I hate when people say irregardless but probably not as much as I hate when someone says "conversate". Those who use the word, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. Word snobs may get mad if you say madded, but it is, in fact, a verb. See more. As regardless is already a negative, adding "ir" makes it a meaningless double negative. Robert Levine from Brookline, Massachusetts on June 23, 2015: Anothger plague upon our language is real words misused to mean something other than their correct meaning--the classic example being "disinterested" instead of "uninterested." Like.. Like is actually a word. Nonplussed is Latin for "no more" in the context of being too confused to understand any more. It's a great concept. Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on August 06, 2013: Thanks marie for the comment and follow! There’s even an entire Merriam-Webster page devoted to the verb. One that always makes me laugh is "your" being used in place of "you're" because the meaning is quite different. Irregardless Café & Catering stands as a pioneer in the restaurant business for taking concepts like ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ long before they became buzz words and putting them into action. rare after 17th cent.” spiritual, adj. Also recur and reoccur are both fine. nevertheless. The Oxford English Dictionary goes a step further. Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on October 11, 2013: I was aware of many of these, not aware of others. Peace. Others are yet to make it into the dictionary for a variety of reasons. This commonly used word doesn't exist, although some dictionaries list it as non-standard. Barbara, thanks for the info. Especially with texting being such a staple in today’s communication, abbreviations, contractions, and other words that just don’t sound as if they possibly could be considered legitimate have become English language staples and have even been added to our dictionary. He said when people say they are going to, "utilize" this fork to eat their food, they are talking bullshit. Bush once used "misunderestimated" in a public speech. Wait, so is that the opposite of ‘regardless’? Yes "libary" is a good one. I think I might have said it wrong the first few times too. So don’t let the consensus of 100% of all language scholars dissuade you. There is nothing wrong with its ability to communicate; it's only the word's metacommunication--that is, what it communicates about its user--that is problematic. 8. Thank you also for sharing! Also "tempahture" comes into that category I think. We’re gonna shock you with this one. Is it a word, a slang term, or a complete travesty of the English language? Not a word! you left out my favorite - conversate. It's ok to be guilty on some of these. Despite its prefix and suffix adding up to a double negative, the speaker still generally uses the quirky word as a substitute for either of its originating words. Also, the reason why people must have conjured up a word like irregardless is that they would have been inspired by irrespective and irreplaceable. Another objection is that “irregardless” is illogical, since adding the “ir-” prefix repeats the “-less” suffix. I hate this word, and any other ‘cutesy’ word for pregnant. Glad you liked it! The suffix "ably" is often misused in place of "edly", driving many people decidedly nuts! New words list June 2020. Another word for massive or huge is ginormous, which is prolly a ginormous surprise to most of us. We have defined the word irregardless — we define it as "regardless" — since 1934. Anyone with a background in science or computing will know what iterate means. However, you should expect that when someone is grading or editing your work, it will be marked as a mistake. Overwhelmed in particular is more the fault of the people who originally changed it. 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