We heard a sportscaster the other day, rambling on about how a player did something "irregardless" of the situation. Sharp listeners probably cringe when they hear that word. And boy do we hear it often.
Most dictionaries, such as Merriam-Webster, are clear that the correct word would simply be "regardless." While they agree there is, indeed, such a word...it is nonstandard. If that weren't enough, try using the word in any basic Word document. You'll get the squiggly, red line underneath - showing that it is a spelling error!
If Webster says it's nonstandard, broadcasters should do better. Most who use it are just lazy. Some don't know this word really isn't a proper word.
Sportscasters should be proper and precise. Viewers and listeners deserve it, irregardless.
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