Irregardless, Let It Unthaw

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/20/2006 | Business and Finance
Good writing is good business; so is good speaking. Good speaking? Perhaps speaking well is much better. Rarely a day goes by when you probably dont encounter at least one person butchering the English language, not the typos and misspellings, thats an entirely different article; but rather, made up words or those used in the wrong context.

For example, how many times have you heard someone say irregardless? Is that like regardless, which means In spite of everything; anyway? Perhaps theyre commingling words again, and are actually thinking of irrespective, which means in spite of everything.

Have you ever heard someone say that they were going to "get her hair did"? Get her hair DID? Umm, mayhaps she meant get her hair done. Of course, then theyd reply, "Well if I was getting my hair done, I would have already went! Oh! Heres another one. Still others often will say something like "I borrowed Jack my car", instead of Jack borrowed my car (or I loaned it to him).

I could care less or I couldnt care less. So which is it? Couldn't care less means there is no possible way you could care any less than you already do. Essentially, youre saying you don't give a rip; right? Whereas if you said that you could care less that means that youre capable of caring less. Therefore, you have some amount of care.

Oh but theres more. Im good to go. Good to go where? And parents drive home this one: using can instead of may. "CAN I talk to Mom?" Well, if you can't, you're mute. How about when people say, "don't itch it", when they really mean "don't scratch it"? You SCRATCH an ITCH, you don't ITCH an ITCH.

Will you learn me how to do that? Its amazing that in 2005 people are still saying, will you learn me they sure need to learn something! Or getting TAKE vs. BRING mixed up. "Did you bring that to your dad in the other room?"

Do you know people who get discombobulated at times, and then they get confuriated or even flustrated. Actually discombobulated is in the dictionary. Of course just because its in the dictionary doesnt necessarily mean its used in the right context.

Perhaps youve heard this one, Johnny, are you done?" When what was really meant is Johnny, are you FINISHED? Cakes are done, people are finished.

Youve heard these. You may not have given it much thought, but these faux pas are out there. Here are some more: I would have went. Is that would have gone? Or I was walking out the door and I seen this huge explosion! You seen it, huh? Is that like I saw the explosion? It continues:

RATHER in place of WHETHER. For example,"We need to be sure to show the customer exactly where to find something, rather or not we are busy with another task. Is that like Dan Rather? Perhaps whether or not we are would be better suited. Is your car busted? Or is it broken?

Is all this word mumbo jumbo giving you a headache? Do you got a headache? Or do you have one?