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From: dufresne at (Ron DuFresne)
Subject: New therad: sasser, costs, support etcalltogether

On Mon, 17 May 2004, Michael Gargiullo wrote:

> On Mon, 2004-05-17 at 11:42, wrote:
> > Hash: SHA1
> >
> >
> > Uhmm, irregardless is not a word. The word is regardless.
> For years trying to explain this to people...  Now if only I could
> convince my sister-in-law that she should not ax me a question about an
> idear she had...

ir??re??gard??less    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (r-g??rdls)
adv. Nonstandard


[Probably blend of irrespective, and regardless.]

    Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be
correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in
nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the
early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being
an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical
absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a
single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different
from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been
considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.


Ron DuFresne
"Cutting the space budget really restores my faith in humanity.  It
eliminates dreams, goals, and ideals and lets us get straight to the
business of hate, debauchery, and self-annihilation." -- Johnny Hart
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