You've been using these words, but they do not exist in Standard English

Updated: Sep 28, 2019

Sometimes our vocabulary needs a little more help than we would like to admit. Proofreading and editing or copywriting and content writing from a professional service such as LingScript may be the solution. Relying on our own knowledge and intuitions is not always the preferred choice for producing a script that makes an impact.

In this post, we highlight seven 'words' that are not actually considered words in Standard English.


Correct form: regardless

Regardless of your strong convictions, 'irregardless' is NOT a word! In light of the frequency of its use, however, 'irregardless' is listed in some dictionaries as a non-standard form and has been the cause of much controversy. Though its use originated in the mid-nineteenth century, it has received strong opposition despite its age.


Correct form: a lot

'Alot' may be considered a common case of misspelling, in which the writer merges two individual words. These are 'a' and 'lot', which when used together as a quantifier means 'many'. Although you may be tempted to write 'alot' a lot, next time, do bear in mind that your writing will certainly be subject to scrutiny.


Correct form: all right

In oral communication, spelling may be irrelevant. In writing, however, misspelling that results in a non-existent word is not all right. Similar to 'irregardless', 'alright' is regarded with much disdain in formal writing. It may be best to restrict its use to informal communication.

Brung (and brang)

Correct form: brought

Sing, sang, sung ... ring, rang, rung, but not bring, brang, brung? Unfortunately, no. Although 'brung' is commonly used as the participle form of 'bring' in speaking, it is a non-standard form of brought. The same applies to the past tense form 'brang', which should actually be represented in your writing and speech as 'brought'.

Sing, sang, sung... ring, rang, rung, but bring, brought brought. Correct!


Correct form: converse

I know you have a lot of interesting things to say, but I'd like to converse with you not 'conversate'. 'Converse' is the base form of the noun 'conversation', but unlike 'motivation' and 'demonstration', which have a similar morphological structure, 'motivate' and 'demonstrate' are words. 'Conversate' is not.


Correct form: unequivocally

English grammarians would unequivocally say that 'unequivocably' is not an accepted word in any variety of Standard English. Unequivocally meaning without a doubt is without a doubt non-standard.


Regardless of what you have thought all your life, it is not all right to use these 'words' in formal communication as they are frowned upon a lot. You may use them as you conversate, but sticklers for grammar will unequivocally say to the English language, you have brought shame.

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