Irregardless Is A Real Word

Dear Readers,

While it’s been a very exhilarating first day here at The Conglomerist, I’m disheartened by some of the commenters taking issue with my writing style, especially with regards to the word “irregardless.” While I take your concerns seriously, trust me, irregardless is a “real” word. I know because I went to dictionary.com and it’s right there:

ir·re·gard·less /??r??g?rdl?s/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[ir-i-gahrd-lis]
-adverb Nonstandard.
regardless.
[Origin: 1910-15; ir-2 (prob. after irrespective) + regardless]

They even show you how to pronounce it. This begs the question: what’s the real motive behind these baseless attacks and accusations? I can only wonder. Haberdasher Communications is analyzing all the ip logs of these so-called “commenters” and I think we’ll all be very interested into seeing the results.

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  1. missdona says:

    Quite the exposé, Chad. You should fit right in around here.

  2. Smitherd says:

    It’s worth pointing out that “irregardless” is a double negative, the ‘ir’ serving as one and the ‘less’ serving as the other. Technically it’s gramatically incorrect.

  3. petrarch1608 says:

    wow, for once the staff of the consumerist verifies their source

  4. defiant1 says:

    “Irregardless” is an exercise in redundancy. The suffix “-less” on the end of the word already makes the word negative. It doesn’t need the negative prefix “ir-” added to makes it sound even more negative.

    It’s something dumb people say to try to prove that they know “big words”.

    A dictionary is where we store words that are commonly used in everyday language. Unfortunately, too many fools think “irregardless” makes them sound smart; so there you have it.

    By all means, keep using it though.

    You do sound intelligent.

  5. zara_h says:

    Dear Chad Steelgate, are you single? Enquiring minds want to know (though I’m sure we will lust after you irregardless).

  6. MARTHA__JONES says:

    I have a cowoker who constantly says “irregardless” and “thereagain”. I want to punch her every time I hear either.

  7. Parting says:

    BOOOOORING!

  8. whooyaa says:

    Maybe you could work on the people who say “issues” too much when they should be saying “problems”. The only things that come in issues are newspapers, magazines and new stocks. Watch CNBC for a day. Count how many times they say “issues”. Imagine taking a shot of booze every time someone says it. You’d be drunk in no time!

    Other phrases that need to go:

    - my bad
    – you’re good to go
    – it is what it is
    – take it and run with it
    – you don’t know what you don’t know

    And please, shut off your cell phone in the book store! And stop telling me Hillary or Obama has won the presidency when they haven’t had the election yet!

  9. humphrmi says:

    This begs the question: what’s the real motive behind these baseless attacks and accusations?

    There’s no such thing as “begging the question,” you either question, or you beg. “Begging the question” is redundant.

  10. teqsun.com says:

    blah blah blah why is this news

  11. Irregardless of irregardless’s regardlessness, whomever thought up that FROMMERs banner should get a raise. Per se.

    Thereagain, heretofore this being the Conglomerist, they might, in actuality, be downsized.

  12. defiant1 says:

    @humphrmi:

    “There’s no such thing as “begging the question,” you either question, or you beg. “Begging the question” is redundant.”

    I’m starting to notice a pattern developing…how about you?

  13. toddiot says:

    Keep in mind this is April 1st, and Chad isn’t even listed under “Consumerist Team”. Plus, authors on here tend to not be published as one word, like “chadsteelgate” is.

    Irregardless, go back to your department of redundancy department.

  14. scarysnow says:

    chad, maybe you’ll learn what happens when you shake the routine of cellar dwellers.

    for the rest of us, its been fun! seeya next year!

  15. ludwigk says:

    Yes, its a real word. Get over it. If it’s one of your pet peeves, get a new one, because this one ain’t one. I hate both of those words, because irregardless of whether you use “regardless” or “irregardless”, you mean the same thing, regardless.

  16. emona says:

    I love today.

  17. nequam says:

    “Begging the question” refers to a circular argument — one that assumes the very thing it is trying to prove. To use it to mean “raises the question” is sinful and, like many sins, common.

  18. RoboSheep says:

    Everything I read today I hope is people failing to be funny.

  19. BugMeNot2 says:

    You might also want to look up what “nonstandard” means. “Ain’t” is also in the dictionary. What does that tell you?

  20. Charmander says:

    Sure, it’s a word. It exists. It is used. But that doesn’t doesn’t mean it is correct to use the word. Here’s what dictionary.com had to say about it:

    “Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.”

  21. ecwis says:

    It is a word but only a joke word. It is not proper grammar and is only correctly used if it is used as a joke. I assumed that it was when you used it so I didn’t make a comment.

    irregardless, a semiliterate portmanteau word from irrespective and regardless, should have been stamped out long ago. But it’s common enough in speech that it has found its way into all manner of print sources-e.g.: “Irregardless [read Regardless] of the Big Ten outcome, Knight said he is gratified with IU’s improvement over last season” (Louisville Courier-J.). Although this widely scorned nonword seems unlikely to spread much more than it already has, careful users of language must continually swat it when they encounter it.

    [The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style. Bryan A. Garner. Oxford University Press, 2000.]

  22. thisrobot says:

    @humphrmi

    “begs the question” is a phrase used in philosophy, it has nothing to do with begging or questions. it simply means that in an argument someone assumes their argument is sound and valid and uses that as a premise to their argument.

    see: [begthequestion.info]

  23. Meg Marco says:

    I am appalled.

  24. teh says:

    @BugMeNot2: It tells me that the dictionary is ginormous.

  25. teh says:

    @Meg Marco: Care to clarify at what you are appalled? Is it that we don’t get the joke? Or is it that we are having a legitimate discussion on the deterioration of our fine language?

  26. SOhp101 says:

    LOL is all I have to say.

  27. Okaasan says:

    @quarterly: I agree. This has been one of the best days so far this week.

  28. G0dS4v3tehQu33n says:

    “While I take your concerns seriously”

    He’s taking it seriously!

  29. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Irregardless (adj): The irritating mall security guards are on break and thereby are not present. Moon everyone in the GAP or run naked through Old Navy.

  30. rbdfoxes says:

    Joke or not, I totally support “irregardless.” Productive morphology is a fact of life, plus it sounds cool. We should all cower in the face of the combined “irrespective” and “regardless.”

    xo

  31. TechnoDestructo says:

    @defiant1:

    “Begging the question” is a name for a type of logical fallacy.
    [en.wikipedia.org]

    Philosophy students, logicians and the like like to bitch about the popular use of the term. And they might be some kind of right. But they’re also some kind of wrong.

    “Begging the question” as a label for that form of circular argument MAKES NO SENSE in any modern English sense of the term “begging.” It comes from ambiguity in translation from Latin, and possibly from archaic English.

    It DOES make sense in the modern popular use of the term.

    In this use it is not the speaker that is begging for anything. It is the answer to a previously asked question that is, metaphorically, doing the begging.

  32. EYESONLY says:

    @humphrmi: No, there is such a thing as “begging the question”–it’s a term for a particular kind of logical fallacy. But (like about 90 percent of the people who try to use that expression) Chad is getting it wrong. “Begging the question” does NOT mean “This begs us to ask…” or “This raises the question…”

    If you don’t know how to use the phrase correctly, just don’t use it at all!–there are plenty of similar ways to say what you’re trying to say. (For the correct usage of “begging the question,” go here.)

  33. EYESONLY says:

    @EYESONLY: simpler, not similar (Typing too fast because people who say “begging the question,” when they don’t know wtf they’re talking about, drive me nuts!)

  34. almost 9 PM tonight and some people still haven’t caught on…SMH

  35. nequam says:

    @TechnoDestructo: @CreativeUnderclass: Welcome to the party!

  36. Im april foolz. Im all in urz consumuuritz.

  37. NoNamesLeft says:

    @ceejeemcbeegee (back to normal):

    This begs the question, who are they fooling?

  38. Moosehawk says:

    I think some people don’t have an imagination.

  39. LucyInTheSky says:

    so are we still doing the conglomerist thing or what? cuz there was a serious article about walmart and the brain damaged ex-employee there, so what’s up?

  40. uberbucket says:

    Irregardless doesn’t set my my spell checker off, but it’s still hurts my brain when I hear it. Kinda like when a certain dude from Texas pronounces nuclear ‘nukular’.

    Is this day over yet?

  41. jpx72x says:

    @Meg Marco: I’m appalled, too. You would think that a professional writer would have at least some grasp of language.

  42. Doug Nelson says:

    Irregardless would be to concatchualize the frumposity, regard the disgard, and disrattle the enfriendicates.

    Ungard!

  43. jpx72x says:

    @jpx72x: Oh, and you would think that someone that regularly posts on a blog would know what trolls and flames are (and that you never, ever respond to them. Ever). Instead, Chad has stooped so low as to respond to them with a whole new post. Mega self pwnage.

  44. Me - now with more humidity says:

    Are you going to get back to normal tomorrow, or do I have to take you off my freakin’ blogroll?

    This crap got way old after 5 minutes.

  45. spinachdip says:

    @jpx72x: Yes, but in the hyper-corporate metric-driven world of Conglometrist, writers get paid per page view. So Chad stands to gain from inviting trolls and flames to his posts, quality of the posts or his credibility be damned.

    Oh wait a minute, that’s exactly how Gawker Media works!11!!11!!
    [www.wired.com]

  46. Phas3Sh1ft says:

    @humphrmi: Yes, and also you “bring up” a question, not “beg” a question. First thing I thought of too ;)

  47. BalknChain says:

    *sniff* Consumerist, God rest its soul, would be so proud that you are taking our concerns very seriously, Chad.

  48. danseuse322 says:

    Seriously! NONSTANDARD basically means educated people don’t use it. Dictionary.com: [dictionary.reference.com]

    not conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage characteristic of and considered acceptable by most educated native speakers; lacking in social prestige or regionally or socially limited in use:

    Consumerist, I LOVE you but I am a college English professor. Never EVER could any student in our dept (we are one of the largest schools in the nation) be allowed to use this even in in-class writing.

    Nonstandard means so many people do it wrong it’s recognized but incorrect.

    It’s toughlove, Consumerist.

  49. Alex Chasick says:

    @LucyInTheSky: That definitely would have been the best April Fool’s story.

  50. Ikky says:

    F a duck. Why can’t we all just (jUUUU st) all get along? Ah. I don’t like irrrr either.

  51. Max2068 says:

    I can’t wait for tomorrow.

    Today got a big fat “mark all as read.”

  52. Pelm says:

    “While it’s been a very exhilarating first day here at The Conglomerist”

    The Conglomerist?

    Sorry I don’t get it!?

  53. TheGoodReverend says:

    So here’s what we’ve learned:

    Lots of people really hate the word irregardless.

    Lots of people really hate the colloquial use of beg the question.

    If you use them, and your audience is made up of these people, they are going to really hate the way you write.

    So perhaps it’s best to avoid using them in front of such an audience. That way your audience will be able to focus on the substance of what you write, rather than the way in which you write it.

    That’s what “nonstandard” means–no normative judgments, just a warning that people will notice it and some people will hate it. It means that using such a word or phrase will get attention for the reason of its peculiarity. If that’s what you’re going for, great. If not, you should probably pick a different word.

  54. MercuryPDX says:

    @Pelm: At least Jezebel owned up to the joke already…. [jezebel.com]

    But to their credit they changed EVERYTHING: header, masthead, and footer.

  55. MercuryPDX says:

    I meant “And” not “But”, but in a post about irregardless grammar takes a holiday. :)

  56. Cliff_Donner says:

    OK, but what’s the deal with “flammable” and “inflammable ???

  57. @whooyaa:
    Or how about “thinking outside the box”?

  58. @MercuryPDX: Oh, it was a fun day on the Jez! Many of us commenters took the joke and ran. Too many folks took themselves way to seriously over here.

    Who says chicks aren’t funny?

  59. northernplateguy says:

    Irregardles of the fact that ‘irregardless’ may or may not be a real word (your dictionary.com cite even says it is a nonstandard adverb.) “Begs the question” does NOT mean the same thing as “raises the question. “Begging the question” is a fallacy of logic, also known as circular reasoning. If you want to sound smart I suppose you could say “Begets the question” I’m sure others have said this in the 53-odd comments above mind, but I just had to stick up for the English language.

  60. MercuryPDX says:

    @ceejeemcbeegee (back to normal): I wouldn’t…. Especially in a Jezebel thread. ;)

  61. FuriousGeorge160 says:

    Conglomerist, on the other hand, is NOT a real word hahaha
    Dear Conglomerist, April fools is getting lame.

  62. humphrmi says:

    @Cliff_Donner: Don’t worry, it’s INflammable!

    –Dr. Nick

  63. Mr.Ninethree says:

    “Conglomerist”…I’m still “lol’ing” about it

  64. Slytherin says:

    Me thinks Chad has been watching “Mean Girls” once too many times. ;)

  65. MARTHA__JONES says:

    @humphrmi: oof. someone never studied philosophy or logic!

  66. thesupreme1 says:

    Lol @ at all Grammar Nazi.

  67. TechnoDestructo says:

    @Cliff_Donner:

    I think it’s two different “ins.”

  68. ExtraCelestial says:

    I love that you guys are having so much fun with this. April Fools FO EVA!

  69. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    @teh: Maybe she’s appalled that y’all got the joke and choose to have a serious argument anyway.

    Personally, I’m appalled at the “Why is this news?” comment.
    I hope that’s actually a joke too.

  70. WraithSama says:

    @humphrmi:
    Actually, “begging the question” is defined as a logic falacy.

  71. MARTHA__JONES says:

    @TheGoodReverend: hate… GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT…

    same thing really.

  72. humphrmi says:

    For those of you who are staying up late tonight, desperately hoping for the next April Fools post on the web, there’s a great article that sums them all up: [www.foxnews.com] You might not see any more new “gotcha” posts tonight, but at least you can check to see which ones you’ve missed. Irregardless, have a good night.

  73. humphrmi says:

    Doh! Somehow that URL got broken. Hopefully this one comes through OK.

    [www.foxnews.com]

    I know you are all begging for it to work; I sometimes question my typing ability.

  74. camille_javal says:

    @nequam: I love you.

    But, seriously, I dated a philosopher and there was much ranting about that.

  75. ecwis says:

    @humphrmi: your link had a period at the end of the url so it didnt work.

    [www.foxnews.com]

  76. lemur says:

    @TechnoDestructo: How many kinds of right are there? And how many kinds of wrong?

  77. camille_javal says:

    @uberbucket: spell checkers make me cry in general. I used one (I think it’s the Livejournal one) that told me “okay” was not the correct spelling for “ok”.

  78. lemur says:

    @whooyaa: Reading your phrases, I am reminded of this:

    [www.unitedmedia.com]

  79. Bill Brasky says:

    >RINNNNNG<

    “Department of redundancy department. May I help or assist you?”

  80. forgottenpassword says:

    irregardless is a perfectly cromulant word!

  81. .apostle. says:

    Thank God April Fools day is over. The shittiest of all days on the internets.

    Nothing was funny today. Worst-of-the-Day award goes to Gizmodo, though, for all the added T-ness.

    Oh, and spell-checkers are the devils tool. I work in a business that gets to read everything the school publishers are putting in books, and I don’t think they even have editors any more. Hope you have your kids is private schools.

  82. corvi_yallis says:

    Lets launch EECRB on dictionary.com to remove the word irregardles from their database, irregardles whether irregardles is a real word or not!

  83. m4ximusprim3 says:

    @.apostle.: SHUT UP FOOL! BEFORE I BREAK YOUR FACE!

  84. GC says:

    If you don’t like April Fool’s day on the internet, then turn off the damn computer and go outside, don’t whine about it on the internet.

  85. Major-General says:

    “Ain’t” is also in the dictionary. Does that upgrade it from a contraction to a word also?

  86. ogremustcrush says:

    I was going to say something witty about “the conglomerist” and april fools day being just about over, but my wit failed me. Fill in if you can…

  87. LordieLordie says:

    Irregardless to what the dictionary is saying, this ain’t no real word..

  88. @MercuryPDX: Case and point.

  89. RvLeshrac says:

    @whooyaa:

    You’ve forgotten “opportunity”.

    It isn’t an “opportunity,” faceless corporate twits. It is a “problem,” and should probably be treated as such.

    I just wish companies would start saying “Yeah, we really cocked up this time. Sorry.”

    Or perhaps they could take a tip from Gordon Ramsay. Instead of “We see a real opportunity here,” I’d love to hear my boss say “You’re f*cking up, get your ass back in line.”

  90. mpjones says:

    @BugMeNot2

    Hey now, “ain’t” has been around since the 17th century, making it one of the oldest contractions. It wasn’t until about 130 years ago that Victorian lingustic reformers noticed that it was used primarily by the poor and/or uneducated, and decided that it wasn’t proper English.

  91. Sam says:

    Unfortunately for dictionary.com, “irregardless” might be considered a word, but it’s a word that structurally makes no sense (as pointed out above) and therefore shouldn’t be used.

    Regardless is a word. Irrespective is a word. Irregardless is not a word.

  92. polyeaster says:

    The online def you found says “nonstandard.” That’s fancy talk for ppl use it but it’s not really a word. Either way, ppl who use it don’t sounds smart:(

  93. SeaKaySea says:

    Your source, dictionary.com, also has a definition for “ain’t.”

    Irregardless, you ain’t gunna be using that word now, are ya?

  94. Topcat says:

    @ecwis: W- will you have my children? I don’t know if I’ve seen another commenter ever pull out a Garner usage guide quote.

  95. Eric1285 says:

    Dictionary.com and Webster’s are not legitimate sources. Try the Oxford English Dictionary. You’re supposed to be a journalist or writer of some sort after all.

  96. brianary says:

    @mpjones:

    “Hey now, “ain’t” has been around since the 17th century, making it one of the oldest contractions.”

    OK, smart guy, what’s “ain’t” a contraction of ? ;)

    Just because something’s in some random dictionary on the Internet doesn’t make it a word. English doesn’t work like that: there is no linguistic authority like the the Académie française is for French. We can’t really consider “Sniglets” or “The Meaning of Liff”, or some dictionary I just made up, to be cannon.

    Irregardless is not a cromulent word, and defending it does not embiggen you.

  97. taka2k7 says:

    Shows over folks, move along…

    It’s a real word, just not the Queen’s Engrish. I don’t use it, so there, case closed!

  98. jefuchs says:

    Rather than defend the use of the word (with dubious sources), why not do a little more homework and ask professional writers their opinions in the subject?

    You will find that the word, while marginally acceptable in informal communications, is odious to the writing community, and that its use clearly marks the writer as an amateur.

    Then post a humble thank you to those who aided in your education on the matter.

  99. Onouris says:

    Some words that get into dictionaries do so because of their popular use, not because they were right or made sense in the first place. Some words that don’t belong there any more stay for the same reason.

    @brianary: The Oxford English Dictionary (I think it’s them) do carry out a lot of research before they add words though, it seems. They also often update meanings, and need proof of origins before they state it as fact.

  100. JovialRogue says:

    There’s nothing not incorrect with irregularless spelling.

  101. ekasbury says:

    @zara_h: It would be so cool if you could say “irregardlessly” to make it a stronger adverb.

  102. @.apostle.: Why? They use the same books.

  103. Bill Brasky says:

    Remember, the plural of “y’all” is “all y’all”

  104. feckineejit says:

    I had this argument with a coworker last week, You can certainly use irregardless if you want, but you’ll sound like a retard.

    Irregardless may be gaining in acceptance as it is being used in the lexicon, but it is still a colloquialism and has no true roots, unlike regardless and therefore the argument is that is will never be a REAL word, much like pinnochio was never a real boy.