Irregardless of a strike, let’s teach the kids site words

11 09 2012

This web site, describing contingency activities for Chicago schoolchildren during the teachers’ strike, is no doubt experiencing a spike in traffic in the last several days.  But here’s what it looked like around 8:30pm on August 30, just before the start of the school year:

While irregardless is unjustly reviled (the ir– likely arising from a blend of irrespective and regardless, rather than from “true” affixation), it is almost never seen in writing, and given its nonstandard status, school district officals who want to project confidence in their abilities are probably better off avoiding it, particularly if they’re about to strike.

Not surprisingly, this was quickly corrected — when I checked back a few days later, I saw regardless.

Update: Today I checked the page again — neither irregardless or regardless appears, but there’s metalinguistic amusement aplenty in this statement that the page will be updated regularly, yet clearly hasn’t been since last Friday, when school was in session (capture from today, Sept 11, at 1:20pm):

Schools in suburban districts remain in session, but their difficulties with language and Web use may be even worse.  Earlier this summer, I saw this in a Skokie Park District brochure:

Yow.  The online registration page uses sight words but calls the class Kindergarten Kick Of instead of Off, though that could be mere truncation.   Of course, this error probably reflects a mere frequency effect reflecting the rise of site in the past two decades; here’s a Google N-gram of the two words:

Still, it looks baaaad….




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