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  • Aug 16th, 2011 @ 12:28pm


    "this case is the equivalent of hitting a road check on a friday night"

    You know that there are many who take offense to those random "road checks," where there is no probable cause to stop.

    Count me.


  • Aug 15th, 2011 @ 10:30am

    Re: still use mine


    The Arizona state schools are all gmail based, and required for official communication from the school. Heck, even the local community college here also requires it.


  • Jun 3rd, 2010 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Re: Good Morning!!!

    BobH: It IS a word, albeit nonstandard usage -- but, a word still.

    irregardless - 3 dictionary results
    ir·re·gard·less   [ir-i-gahrd-lis] Show IPA
    –adverb Nonstandard .
    1910–15; ir-2 (prob. after irrespective ) + regardless

    —Can be confused:  irregardless, regardless (see usage note at this entry ).

    —Usage note
    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. Irregardless first appeared in the early 20th century and was perhaps popularized by its use in a comic radio program of the 1930s.

    Dictionary.com Unabridged
    Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.
    Cite This Source | Link To irregardless
    Word Origin & History

    an erroneous word that, etymologically, means the exact opposite of what it is used to express, attested in non-standard writing from at least 1870s (e.g. "Portsmouth Times," Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S.A., April 11, 1874: "We supported the six successful candidates for Council in the face of a strong opposition. We were led to do so because we believed every man of them would do his whole duty, irregardless of party, and the columns of this paper for one year has [sic] told what is needed."); probably a blend of irrespective and regardless . Perhaps inspired by the double negative used as an emphatic.
    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
    Cite This Source
    ir·re·gard·less (ĭr'ĭ-gärd'lĭs)
    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.