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Oh no! Mariah Carey has made a real no no in her new single, “A No No.”

At about 1:04 she uses a non existent word, “irregardless.” There is no such word in the English language. The word you want is regardless. That’s it. No “irr.” (You can check the backlink. Some people think this is ok. It’s not. I can’t listen to it again. It’s like chalk nails on a chalkboard.)

From Merriam Webster:

Is irregardless a word?:

Irregardless was popularized in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its increasingly widespread spoken use called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.

The worst part of this is that “A No No” is pretty catchy, and I was grooving with it. But really, unless Mariah wants to promote illiteracy, she’s got to change it. How hard can it be? Mariah, Epic Records, pull it down and fix it. You will be forgiven.

Yes, there’s lots of bad grammar in pop music. It’s allowed sometimes to fit meter, or mood. But a totally wrong word– no no no. Unless the word is purposely twisted to make it funny. Then we all get the joke. But this is not a joke. I may not be able to sleep tonight.

Take “Caution,” Mariah. Get a copy editor, next time.

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