Irrespective + Regardless = Irregardless
Today in a meeting I think I used the word “irregardless.” I’m not sure. But if I did, I’m very disappointed in myself. Irregardless? Really? Did you perhaps just mean plain ole “regardless?” I think you might have.
It’s not even the misuse of “big” words (four syllables is my limit) that bothers me. It’s that the word doesn’t make any sense. Irregardless? As in, the opposite of regardless? So we should give it regard?
It's a simple equation, I guess: Irrespective + Regardless = Irregardless. Uber-regardless. A whatever-happens, do-not-give-this-thing-regard level of regardless.
And here comes your West Wing quote for the day!
Vice President Russell: The thing is, the Speaker is trying to propulgate a tax bill onto an appropriations package. We start allowing that, we’re never going to get budgets passed.
Leo: I’m pretty sure there’s no such word as "propulgate." Maybe he meant "propagate?" Or "promulgate?"