Section 6.7

Nonwords

Words such as irregardless and theirselves are errors, shunned by language gurus. Avoid them. The correct versions are regardless and themselves.

When you are not certain whether or not a word exists, consult a good, full-size dictionary. (Pocket dictionaries do not list enough words to be consistently reliable sources of information on the existence or nonexistence of a word.) Many careful editors, even those who have an excellent vocabulary, frequently consult a dictionary.