'irregardless' is a word.

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Ah, but you see, when I use it, I always use it to mean the same thing. But others use it with a variety of meanings. My attempt in using it is to bring stability to the proper use of the word.


Ah ha! Earlier in this topic I thought you were deprecating the delightful word "moot" which I remembered you had used recently. So now we know your reasoning for selecting unusual words. Bravo, Cole! Bravo, I say!

Just for the record, in support of Cole's use of moot, from the Chambers online dictionary in WordWeb Pro:


moot /moot/


  1. Orig a meeting
  2. A deliberative or administrative assembly or court (historical)
  3. Its meeting-place
  4. Discussion
  5. A law student's discussion of a hypothetical case

transitive verb

  1. To argue, dispute
  2. To propose for discussion

intransitive verb

To dispute, plead



ORIGIN: OE (ge)mōt (noun), mōtian (verb), related to mētan to meet

mootˈable (adjective)

mootˈer (noun)

mootˈing (noun)

moot case (noun)

  1. A case for discussion
  2. A case about which there may be difference of opinion

moot court (noun)

A meeting for discussion of hypothetical cases, esp a mock court

moot hall or moot house (noun)

  1. A town hall or council chamber
  2. A hall for moot courts

mootˈ-hill (noun)

A hill used for meetings on which the moot was held (often confused with mote-hill (see under motte2))

mootˈman (noun)

A law student who argues in moots

moot point noun

An undecided or disputed point


You can see that there are far too many disparate meanings for the word "moot" that makes its use almost moot. Isn't the English language fu... uh... fun?

Colin :icon_geek:

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I'm sure I'm not the only one that has seen it used properly with the meaning 'debatable', and then commonly also used to mean 'not debatable, having a fixed, clear meaning'. I've even seen it listed both ways in dictionary definitions. I'm glad it's missing what I call it's incorrect form in Colin's dictionary.


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What's interesting about "moot" is that the original meaning is a "meeting" from which "debate" would seem to flow naturally.

Colin :icon_geek:

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