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13 December 2011 @ 05:31 pm
Words - Regardless and Fey  
Regardless is a favorite simply for being the correct form of the word (as opposed to the unholy abomination of "irregardless" *shudder*). Fey, well, fey sort of speaks for itself...

regardless  \rih-GAHRD-lus\  adverb
: despite everything

Did you know?
"Regardless" is rather simply derived from the noun "regard" (meaning "attention" or "concern") plus "-less" -- nothing too shocking about that. But poor "regardless" became embroiled in a usage scandal through no fault of its own when people began using "irregardless" as its synonym (probably blending "irrespective" and "regardless"). "Irregardless" originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century, and usage commentators have been decrying it since the 1920s, often declaring "there is no such word." "Irregardless" does exist, of course, but it tends to be used primarily in speech and it is still considered nonstandard. "Regardless" is greatly preferred.

fey  \FAY\  adjective
1 : marked by a foreboding of death or calamity
2 a : marked by an otherworldly air or attitude
b : crazy
3 a : excessively refined : precious
b : quaintly unconventional : campy

Did you know?
"Fey" is a word that defies its own meaning, since it has yet to even come close to the brink of death after being in our language for well over 800 years. In Old and Middle English it meant "feeble" or "sickly." Those meanings turned out to be fey themselves, but the word lived on in senses related to death, and because a wild or elated state of mind was once believed to portend death, other senses arose from these. The word "fay," meaning "fairy" or "elf," may also have had an influence on some senses of "fey." Not until the late 20th century did the word's most recent meanings, "precious" and "campy," find their way onto the pages of the dictionary.
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stitchwhich on December 14th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I always grin when a friend writes, "I was feeling a littlefey that day..." and goes on to explain about something that they did that was out of character or a little silly.

One of the best things about my circle of friends is that they actually use words like 'fey' or 'cavalier' in their conversations.