James Leroy Wilson's blog

Friday, July 01, 2005

Irregardless

I think I figured out how the non-sensical non-word "irregardless" came into use. Someone -perhaps a Bush or a Walker - unthinkingly merged "irrespective" and "regardless" and others unthinkingly copied it.

How "I couldn't care less" became "I could care less" remains a mystery.

2 comments:

  1. As for "I couldn't care less", we tend to mangle the negative in Southern New England: "He bangs a left at the Packie to get home; and so don't I"

    I wonder if it's a regionalism writ large?

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  2. same difference

    :-)

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