Communication Skills

JS Tip 79: Irregardless

Good morning!

Here’s your first Tip.

Thank you for your interest.

Thank you for being in the workshop.

If there’s anything we can do for you, let us know.

Seriously.

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We’re grateful for your responses to the Tips. You’re asking questions, and we’re researching your questions. If you’ve asked a question, we’ll get back to you either in a one-on-one e-mail or in a Tip. Most of your questions have been about language; we’ll stay with that topic. Thank you.

Neal Smith of WesTech Engineering asked “Is it okay to use irregardless in place of regardless?”

Good question. Valid question.

Our response:

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Never. Ever.

Your friends may argue, “It’s in the dictionary.”

Your response may be, “So what’s your point?” Ask your friends to read the definition of irregardless; they’ll find the word Nonstandard in italics. Nonstandard. Not acceptable. Not a word.

Don’t use it. It’s not acceptable. It’s not a word.

Thank you, Neal. Keep your questions coming. We love this stuff.

Next week: Affect and effect.