Robert: “Irregardless” added to Meriam-Webster dictionary
Published on July 9th, 2020 @ 9:58 AM
Irregardless of what you may think, “irregardless” is an actual, official word in the English language.
“The reason we, and these dictionaries above, define irregardless is very simple: it meets our criteria for inclusion. This word has been used by a large number of people (millions) for a long time (over two hundred years) with a specific and identifiable meaning (“regardless”),” Meriam-Webster’s dictionary explains regarding the inclusion of the word into their lexicon. “The fact that it is unnecessary, as there is already a word in English with the same meaning (regardless) is not terribly important; it is not a dictionary’s job to assess whether a word is necessary before defining it.”
The dictionary was also quick to point out that the word has been in use, whether officially or unofficially, since 1795.