5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Regardless or Irregardless?

Welcome back for another 5 Minute Grammar Lesson! Today’s topic is regardless or irregardless? Which is right? Does it really matter?! Irregardless of if you honestly care, I’m telling you anyway. 🙂

Today's 5 Minute Grammar Lesson topic is regardless or irregardless! Do you know which one is not really a word Check back each week for another lesson.
5 Minute Grammar Lesson – Regardless or Irregardless?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but IRREGARDLESS is not a word. I hear a lot of people using it, however. The grammatically correct term is REGARDLESS.

Regardless

Regardless means “without regard.” It is a negative word. Regardless of whether my kids want to clean their rooms, sometimes I make them!

Irregardless

The pronoun IR- is also negative which means that when you add IR to Regardless, you’re guilty of a double negative like: I don’t want nothing. The fix is quick: simply banish the word IRREGARDLESS from your vocabulary.

It’s true that some dictionaries list IRREGARDLESS, but they also mention it as NONSTANDARD – jargon, a dialect, or regional variation.

If you want to sound educated, don’t use IRREGARDLESS. And that is your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson. 🙂

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Comments

  1. My husband and I both cringe when we hear someone use this word! I'm glad we're not the only ones that recognize that irregardless is NOT a word.
  2. I did know that flammable and inflammable mean exactly the same thing. Didn't know about the irregardless. I'll have to remember that one. I hate when people say 'supposebly'. Drives me crazy.
  3. I didn't know that! Regardless ;) , I don't use 'irregardless' when I write. However, I'm pretty sure I do when I speak. I'm going to have to pay attention and see!

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