Right or wrong, people often judge you by the way you pronounce things. Say a word incorrectly and POW -- they've pegged you as a provincial, poorly educated moron. I’d like to go a step farther here and talk about words that may be used correctly but are pronounced wrong.
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This is a good article even though it has poor grammar ... such as starting a sentence off with the word "And".
In the past two years I have let the word "irregardless" go from my vocabulary. I consciously say the correct term; "Regardless".