I’m back again with another Foray Into Grammar . For so long as there are people who butcher grammar, I will be there to address it.
Today I’ll talk about:
What you should be using
They way I see this word thrown all around without a second thought really makes me beg the question: “Did you really understand what you were trying to say?”
Let me dissect this word:
Prefix – ir meaning not
Suffix – less meaning without
Irregardless is, as I believe we’ve learnt in mathematics class, a double negative, and would translate to “not without regard“.
I highly doubt this is what anyone who uses it means to convey, it’s actually the opposite.
Just because you are trying to sound learned, of the thousands of words in the English vocabulary you could pick, you choose that one? I’m so amused at just how much it defeats the purpose.
The re is rarely ever necessary
The situation is much worse with this one.
This whole assuming and not verifying is the reason why this word is so abundant in everyday speech.
By adding the prefix re meaning again, you think you’re getting your point across. What you have done is shown just how well you do not know the English language.
Iterate on its own, already means ‘to say or perform again/repeat something’
In programming, when you have a line of code that needs to run multiple times that process is called looping, repetition or iteration not reiteration.
The only time it’s acceptable to use reiterate is when you were iterating again.
In my experience, only one group of people are capable of using the word correctly but never do; church pastors/preachers/ministers.
You people really make me miss my English lecturer. Now there was a man who knew his shit.