Lexicon Valley

Irregardless Make You Cringe? Relax.

English is full of redundancies—so why are we bothered by only a select few?

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Sink down? Each and every? We put up with countless repetitions and redundancies in our language, but seem to get irritated by only a handful or so. Take irregardless, for example. Try using it in polite conversation—if you dare!—and watch as people clench their fists and wince.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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