posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 11:55 AM
Originally posted by OpenMindedMommy
reply to post by BlueNose
I have a friend who constantly says common phrases totally wrong. It happens multiple times when i speak with her, because she really loves to say
these types of cliche phrases, but again, they are always just a bit off. Last night I wrote 3 of them down so I could tell my husband because I
- "its a total catch 21"
- "I am just at my ends wits"
- "she expects me to be there at the dime of a hat"
Huh? LOL! I just laugh to myself whenever she does this. She's a friend of mine so I can't get too annoyed about it. But in general, this kind
of stuff makes me nuts! The worst one is, "irregardless". IT IS NOT A WORD!
I feel your pain but irregardless of whether or not it is accepted it is a valid expression.
Irregardless is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir- and -less. It was probably formed on the analogy of such words as
irrespective, irrelevant, and irreparable. Those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis.
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.
That being said it does have its uses.