cannot: OED pronunciation again

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Jan 18 12:16:35 UTC 2005

'Irregardless' is live and well here in MI, but it's so damn cold
some people would say anything just to establish the fact that
phonation is possible under these circumstances.

In fact, I hear it all the time - on the news, on sports shows, and
on other TV shows (which I  monitor for linguistic purposes only).


PS: I first typed "Irregradless" and the speller honked at me; I
changed it to "irregardless" and got no honk! Somebody up there loves

>On Jan 17, 2005, at 9:28 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
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>>Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>>Subject:      Re: cannot:  OED pronunciation again
>>At 5:41 PM -0800 1/17/05, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>>>On Jan 17, 2005, at 4:02 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>>>On Jan 17, 2005, at 1:49 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>>>>... As far as the Johnny Mac sort of case
>>>>Et _tu_, Laurentie?! Nope, it can't be happening. Clearly, "[a]s far
>>>>the Johnny Mac sort of case...." must be a lapsus for "[a]s for the
>>>>Johnny Mac sort of case...."
>>>Rickford, John R.; Thomas A. Wasow; Norma Mendoza-Denton; & Juli
>>>Espinoza. 1995. Syntactic variation and change in progress: Loss of
>>>verbal coda in topic-restricting _as far as_ constructions. Lg
>>>arnold, *not* a co-author
>>Aha--there I am in the vanguard again.  Either that, or it was a
>>lapsus.  I forget which.
>Sigh! Unfortunately, Lar, you're hardly in the vanguard. As far as "as
>far as NP" without "is concerned" is concerned, it's been around for so
>long that you may well be in the rearguard. Who knows? Like
>"irregardless," it may just die out. Actually, let me restructure that.
>*I* haven't heard anyone say "irregardless" in years, but my social
>life is not what it was fifty years ago. I don't get around much,
>anymore. So, I no longer have a clear idea of the language used in
>today's American street. "Irregardless" may not have died out. By sheer
>coincidence, I just haven't heard it. That's really all the farther
>that I can go.

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