Poor irregardless. You get such a bad rep. People everywhere shun you! Even this enjoyable post on 17 phrases we probably say wrong (my favorite is the phrase “for all intensive purposes”). It says you are not a “proper” word.
But you exist. Even when others say you don’t. Aunt Merriam-Webster says so, though it’s not a fan. The New Oxford American Dictionary says you were created in the early 20th century probably as a blend of irrespective and regardless, but cautions us to use regardless instead. Perhaps that is why its online cousin, the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary, apologizes for not having you in its list.
I once said you didn’t exist. Oops. I take it back. I’d still use regardless, however, because I prefer the shorter equivalent.
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