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Irregardless Is A Word

Irregardless Is A Word, But Avoid It In Writing

Yes, most dictionaries now list irregardless as a word. However, almost all entries label it as a non-standard adverb. Because English is a reported language, dictionaries include new words once they reach a regular usage level. Although the word is grammatically incorrect, you hear it often in spoken English. But it’s not a good vocabulary…

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The Difference Between Procrastinate And Prevaricate

Procrastinate And Prevaricate Are Alike But Not The Same

The two words procrastinate and prevaricate might seem like synonyms, but they have quite different meanings. To procrastinate means to delay or postpone an action or to put off doing something. To prevaricate means to speak or act in an evasive way. However, they share a slightly similar sense in that both can involve delaying an…

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Is The Least Worst Acceptable In Writing

Is The Least Worst An Acceptable Phrase In Writing?

The adjective phrase, the least worst, has been a topic of debate among grammar enthusiasts for years. Many argue that you should avoid it in writing because it is not grammatically correct. In grammar, a superlative adjective defines only one thing as the best, worst, least, or most. However, despite being grammatically incorrect because it…

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