(the same way I ignore "irregardless" in common speech. It grates on my nerves, but I don't point it out.) Irregardless grated on my nerves, too, until one day I DID point it out and was informed (correctly) that it is, in fact, a word. Now whether it made it into the dictionary through common, albeit incorrect, usage is no longer relevant :(- UnwisePS from Webster.com, and note the recommendation at the end :)Main Entry: ir·re·gard·lessPronunciation: "ir-i-'gärd-l&sFunction: adverbEtymology: probably blend of irrespective and regardlessDate: circa 1912nonstandard : REGARDLESSusage Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its fairly widespread use in speech called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that "there is no such word." There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.
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