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pphalen10 May 2011 11:04 a.m. PST

1. Love it
2. Hate it
3. Over-Redundant

MajorB10 May 2011 11:05 a.m. PST


John D Salt10 May 2011 11:10 a.m. PST

Reminds me of John Hill's rules for CGC boardgames in the early 70s.

All the best,


Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 11:11 a.m. PST



VonTed10 May 2011 11:12 a.m. PST

For all intensive purposes….

John the OFM10 May 2011 11:13 a.m. PST

6. I couldn't care less.

John the OFM10 May 2011 11:14 a.m. PST

7. I could care less.

mjkerner10 May 2011 11:22 a.m. PST

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong! It grates on the ears and is an abomination to the orderly mind (not mine, mind you.

Irregardless, I'm surprised Mister Proper Apostrophe Usage could care less! :-)

Personal logo Buckeye AKA Darryl Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 11:23 a.m. PST

8. I use regardless as irregardless is bad form.

Personal logo Volstagg Vanir Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 11:29 a.m. PST

As long as it gets the point acrossed.

clibinarium10 May 2011 11:30 a.m. PST

"I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."

Plynkes10 May 2011 11:38 a.m. PST

It's fine, as long as you don't mind sounding like Paulie Walnuts.

Agent 1310 May 2011 12:15 p.m. PST

I could of sworn we was just talking about this the other day at home. wink

ComradeCommissar10 May 2011 12:16 p.m. PST

9. Its used alot in speach and writting so must be exceptable


pphalen10 May 2011 12:26 p.m. PST

I'm cofused OFM, don't they both mean the same thing?

kyoteblue10 May 2011 12:33 p.m. PST


Caesar10 May 2011 12:44 p.m. PST

Not a wargamer.

Panzergeil10 May 2011 12:55 p.m. PST


21eRegt10 May 2011 1:54 p.m. PST

As an educator I used to automatically react, "nonsense word!" when I would hear it. Then I responded to the wrong administrator and learned my place.

But what obscure thread does this come from?


10) Needs more beer.

Who asked this joker10 May 2011 3:10 p.m. PST

10) Needs more beer

…and boobies.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 3:54 p.m. PST

Don't make me axe you again to stop the tomfoolery!

Jay Arnold10 May 2011 4:32 p.m. PST

11. Some people like their cucumbers pickled.

meledward2310 May 2011 5:00 p.m. PST

10 Needs more Beer.

Grand Duke Natokina10 May 2011 6:34 p.m. PST


Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2011 7:08 p.m. PST

Oh, my filesystemchecking ghod, this is a pet peeve of mine. I'd suggest adding:

12) Should be a flogging offense.

Scorpio10 May 2011 8:21 p.m. PST

1. The joy of the language is, of course, that if we just keep using it, it *will* become official. (See also: inflammable/flammable.)

It's like scale creep or the 28mm scale. Might as well embrace it, because it's here to say. New world order.

Perris070710 May 2011 8:28 p.m. PST

I just watched the first episode of Band of Brothers and Captain Sobel used "irregardless" in a conversation with Winters just before the court martial incident. Weird.

kyoteblue10 May 2011 10:15 p.m. PST


Grand Duke Natokina10 May 2011 10:46 p.m. PST

In fact, most assuredly, KB!

Klebert L Hall11 May 2011 5:51 a.m. PST

13) Not a word.

Mapleleaf11 May 2011 8:52 a.m. PST

Per dictionary .com

–adverb Nonstandard .
1910–15; ir-2 (probably after irrespective ) + regardless

—Can be confused:  irregardless, regardless (see usage note at the current 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.

CeruLucifus11 May 2011 9:59 a.m. PST

"Irregardless". Colloquial word but in such common use as to merit a dictionary entry. Construction is a double negative but definition is commonly understood as a single negative, so it means the same as "regardless".

Most commonly used unconsciously in conversation when "regardless" was meant; sometimes the choice is deliberate to express emphasis, e.g., with the same meaning as "especially regardless".

Sometimes used deliberately as an ironic characterization to portray pretended education. A similar example is when a cartoon character says "what a maroon" to call someone stupid. (This use is subtle and often misunderstood by the subject of the characterization.)

It is worth pointing out that since "irregardless" is well-understood to only have one definition, its use is never ambiguous, despite being irregular. So the practice of interrupting a speaker to dispute their use of this word cannot be justified on the basis of clarity. Rationalizations in this direction are transparently disingenous, usually covering up pretensions of superiority or another need for attention.

In other words, regardless of my use of "irregardless", it is rude to interrupt me! ;)

Angel Barracks11 May 2011 10:24 a.m. PST

Were it a flammable word I word burn it, alas it is inflammable.

EDIT> Awwww I just saw that someone pointed this out.
Sad now.

highlandcatfrog11 May 2011 10:40 a.m. PST

How about unregardless? Or unregardful?

Would those be doubleplusungood?

Pizzagrenadier11 May 2011 10:48 a.m. PST

Not correct, that's unpossible! It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2011 9:09 p.m. PST

No such word.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2011 6:06 a.m. PST

This is just an example of whateverdom. It has unsignificantion written all over it.

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