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Unlike the French language, which has a committee of protectorates that decide which new words are included in the dictionary, the English language continues to evolve based solely on common usage.  While this approach does seem to adhere to common sense, it has one glaring flaw.  Common usage and correct usage are often two completely different things.  As an teacher of the language, I recognise that considering one’s self as one of the few remaining bastions of the language is not a view that every body shares. But seriously, we all have to draw the line of tolerance somewhere.

Perhaps my most hated of words, due to the fact that it is emblematic of an increasingly illiterate and illogical population, is IRREGARDLESS. It does appear in the dictionary*, but take a moment and think about it.  We all understand the way responsible and irresponsible correspond; likewise the way thoughtful and thoughtless relate.  This blemish on the language, however, takes things to a whole new level.

Remember kids, double negatives just don’t not make any sense! 

*Note: in the hard copy English Dictionary that I own the
definition of Irregardless actually reads See Regardless

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