Quote of the week

Actual certified bona fide lexicographer Kory Stamper sends up a tweet:

“Irregardless” is the top look-up today, from a widely shared FB post which states it isn’t a word. Except it is and has been for 100 yrs.

She didn’t say it was an acceptable word, mind you: only that it was a word, and, by implication, that she’s seen citations that go back that far. Just the same, all hell, or at least a substantial portion of hell, broke loose:

I hit “post,” left my desk to refill my water glass, and less than two minutes later came back to a bunch of responses that essentially all read “WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU, MORON?!?” Sighing, I looked out the window. The birds, sensing trouble, had buggered off. My eyes lingered on the sky; perhaps a satellite would fall out of it and crush me. A slip of paper caught my eye; it was a little inscription I came up with about a year ago and had presciently stuck on the window sash. It reads Aliqua non possunt quin merdam moveare, and it is Latin for “There are those who cannot help but stir the turd.”

There are times when everything looks like, or acts like, a spoon.


  1. Andrea Harris »

    3 February 2012 · 1:36 pm

    “My eyes lingered on the sky; perhaps a satellite would fall out of it and crush me.”

    Why do women do this? Rather she should have hoped a satellite would fall out of the sky and crush all the rude people on Twitter.

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  3. CGHill »

    3 February 2012 · 1:48 pm

    It would probably take a couple of asteroids to do that.

  4. Jewel »

    4 February 2012 · 9:43 pm

    I think I’ll try to use the word irregardful in a tweet, some time. I’m sure it must mean something. Or other.

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