A word that once existed was an already existing word explained in the English dictionary. But have you ever known of a word that is often spoken and yet does not exist? Yes, some words that are often spoken everyday are actually words that never existed. Some say that the use of these words highlights an important feature of language (such as change), while others who are puffed up with it disagree and mock at hearing someone use it. Let’s find these words.
This commonly used word doesn’t actually exist, though some dictionaries list it as non-standard. As regardless is already a negative, adding “ir” makes it a meaningless double negative. People who use “irregardless” are usually trying to sound more intelligent than they are.
secondly, thirdly…ordinal numbers act as both adjectives and adverbs. Why would people take the unnecessary step to add an -ly? They are only being redundant. Although it is widely used, grammarians consider the usage of firstly inferior to that of first. But who are the grammarians to judge? Language belongs to the people.
This is another non-standard word that has made it into some dictionaries. “Ain’t” is a contraction of various sets of words into one airhead-friendly alternative (e.g. is not; am not; have not). It first appeared in 17th Century England around the time of another plague outbreak, though some source sure that’s just a coincidence.
Literally has been literally stripped of its meaning lately that its literal and primary meaning has now been secondary and lost ground to new sense virtually. The Oxford English Dictionary has redefined literally to say it can be “used for emphasis rather than being actually true, such as, ‘We were literally killing ourselves laughing.’
No English verb that ends in the -eek sound has a past tense ending in -uck. It’s a mystery how people stuck with snuck as the past of the sneak since the 1800s. “Snuck has occasionally been considered nonstandard, but it is so widely used by professional writers and educated speakers that it can no longer be so regarded,” comments Random house dictionary.
This is an actual word that’s been around for more than 200 years. People use it to mean converse or ‘to have a casual talk about something’ as in “We conversated about the weekend plans” or “We conversated about how conversate is actually a word.”
Don’t be burned by using inflammable in a sentence! It has exactly the same meaning as flammable (easily burns). As the prefix “in” often means an opposite (e.g. indecent, indescribable), fire safety experts have tried to phase inflammable out of the English language. It was actually the original spelling; having been derived from the Latin for inflame.
When considering that “alittle” is not a word, it’s not surprising that “alot” isn’t either. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to create a compound word in this instance. When all other grammatical rules are followed, quickly spoken words are often combined (e.g. become, into, elsewhere). However, this is no excuse for using it in the present.
9. Supposably (and undoubtably)
Supposedly and undoubtedly are the correct forms of these words. The suffix “ably” is often misused in place of “edly”, driving many people decidedly nuts!
Participator is listed in most dictionaries despite there being a shorter alternative. The word participant has exactly the same meaning and is less of a tongue twister. Participator likely emerged from similar words like competitor and adjudicator.
Much like the previous entry, preventative is a longer variant of a shorter word with exactly the same meaning. Preventive is a preferable and more common form, though preventative has been gaining ground in Britain.
Whilst being an accepted word, administrate can be substituted by the shorter alternative, administer. However, in popular usage, administer has come to mean “give out”, while administrate generally refers to the official business of administrators.