"Irregardless" is now ensconced in the Dictionary. Should it be?

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"Irregardless" is now ensconced in the Dictionary. Should it be?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. I resent this question, irregardless.

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  1. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    NPR just reported that this silly word is now in the dictionary, because people won't stop using it. John McIntyre, editor of the Baltimore Sun (wooooo...) claims the dictionary is not an approved list of words, rather merely a lexicon of words in regular use. Besides this condition, they' are just interested in how it is spelled, how it is pronounced, and some of the background of the word.

    There should be yet another condition. If a word means exactly the same thing as the shorter version of itself, it's not really a word. It's not really a word at all.

    Now you'll pardon me, but my first beer is wearing off...
     
  2. aleski

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    Depends on how it's ensconced: Oxford Dictionary describes it as non-standard, which I can live with.

    EDIT: A firmer wording would have been my preference.
     
  3. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    Let’s keep irregardless and get rid of NPR...
     
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    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    I can live with that a lot better than my sister's "supposeBly".
     
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    As long as there's a stipulation that it's a garbage word made widespread by idiots, I'm ok with it.

    Now, giving "literally" an alternate definition that means EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE of its actual definition, well, there are some things up with which I will NOT put, and that is one.
     
  6. Toto'sDad

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    Everyone in or from Georgia says irregardless at least ten times a day.
     
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    Language is descriptive, not prescriptive. If people use it then it is part of the language (sadly, in this case).
     
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    Does it really matter?
     
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    The dictionary merely records the words speakers & writers use, how they use them, what they mean when they use them, and, where there are multiple meanings, the relative frequency for each meaning.

    Words like irregardless - anyways, in regards to, in comparison with, utilize* - are recorded because people use them.

    * - Everyone has his particular objections; this is one of mine.
     
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    Is this thread meant to be flammable or inflammable? ;)
     
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    Apparently, JFK used it.

    I say 'no' because I've gone to too much trouble avoiding using it to give in now.
     
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    I think this is the point, ultimately. The dictionary simply reflects the words we use*, even if they are not actually words.

    *Not a word I've ever used. Not even sure what it is supposed to mean.
     
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    I vote no regardless of how anyone else feels.
     
  14. getbent

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    I vote yes on esconced.

    there are smart people on dictionary boards, if they add it, they are probably making a prudent decision. I can adapt and overcome because I'm not a wuss.
     
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    Another brick in the wall.
    We're doomed.
     
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    Breaking: old telecaster men mad at something trivial again
     
  17. getbent

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    my dog just looked up...
     
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    Normally, I’m not a prescriptivist about vocab or grammar, but if a word means the same thing as the opposite of what it means, we are through the looking glass...

    Next year’s new word: firstable!
     
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    I thought it was a Sopranos thing!
     
  20. Manual Slim

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    Dictionaries aren’t rule books.

    (If they were then maybe they could include a rule that I have to read the thread before responding redundantly.)
     
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