July 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

On the use of the word  ‘irregardless’


Illiterate.  Theodore M Bernstein, The Careful Writer (1965)


This means the same as regardless, which is itself negative; probably the added negative prefix was mistakenly introduced by analogy with irrespective. It should not be used. Sidney Greenbaum and Janet Whitcut, Longman Guide to English Usage  (1988)

irregardless There is no such word: write regardless, not *irregardless. R.L Trask, Mind The Gaffe (2001)

February 9 [1940]: I have just learnt,” said Cody [Gilman], “that you cannot use the word ‘irregardless.’ Of course if it’s incorrect I shan’t use it; naturally one cannot have an outlawed word in one’s vocabulary. But”—he looked very wistful—“I don’t expect to get anywhere without it. I owe all my skill in debate to that one word. Irregardless. You can’t prove anything with regardless. But take irregardless. Why, you throw out ‘irregardless’ into the argument and you win, hands down. Nobody can talk back.” The Diaries of Dawn Powell 1931-1965


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