A discussion of word histories and origins.
Why is "irregardless" wrong? I hear it used more than "regardless". What is the history of these two word? They have to be linked.
Grammar Trap: Regardless vs. Irregardless
"Regardless" is standard usage for despite or in spite of something.
Apoclima"Irregardless," on the other hand, is nonstandard usage for "regardless."
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Because it is, According to a snobby relative,"it's a mark of an uneducated person. Someone to avoid socially" to use this or "very unique"eberntson wrote:Why is "irregardless" wrong? .
much like saying unthaw, unravel, or hot water heater.tcward wrote:Technically, it is incorrect, as the ir- prefix is negating; so, basically, "irregardless" means "not regardless"... But everyone who hears it knows the speaker means the same thing as "regardless".
If water is hot, why heat it? redunancies_R_US!
If IR is a negative together with LESS you get a dubble negative which would make IRREGARDLESS mean (about) with regard to or something.tcward wrote:Technically, it is incorrect, as the ir- prefix is negating; so, basically, "irregardless" means "not regardless"... But everyone who hears it knows the speaker means the same thing as "regardless".
Isn't it the same case with I don't have nothing which to my ears means I DO HAVE SOMETHING.
Beats the Swedish "tårta på tårta" ('layer cake on layer cake') or "kaka på kaka" ('cookie on cookie') and "grädde på moset" ('(whipped?) cream on the potato mash').M. Henri Day wrote:Speaking of tautologies, the Norwegians have a wonderful expression for these constructions : «smør på flesk» («butter on lard»)....KatyBr wrote:...
Irren ist männlich
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