Quick Grammar Tip: Irregardless

Here is one of my (many) grammar pet peeves: Irregardless.

Why is irregardless a pet peeve of mine? Not only is irregardless a non-standard word, but it makes no sense!

Let’s break it down:

Prefix: IR
Base word: REGARD
Suffix: LESS

Both the prefix “ir” and the suffix “less” translate to without. So saying “irregardless” equates to saying “without without regard.” Not only is that redundant, but it sounds silly!

Bottom line: Don’t say “irregardless.” Use “regardless” instead.

Do you have any other grammar questions? Send them my way!

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