A fellow worker says “irregardless” all the time. I’ve always thought this word was a nonsense word so I looked it up. Merriiam Webster has it in their dictionary. A lexicographer I came across wrote that she was “duty bound” to add it in the dictionary because people say it. Am I the only one who thinks this is the tail wagging the dog here? Aren’t dictionaries duty bound to maintain a standard of English rather than simply be a recording device of every human utterance of ignorant speech? I think this is philosophically relevant. Are we as a western people void of actual standards now, and willing to accept ignorance in hopes of bell curving our own language?