Author: AMauren

Regarding “Irregardless”

Would you agree with the following statement?  “Irregardless is not a word.”   If so, you might be surprised to learn that it actually is in the dictionary.  (Merriam-Webster.com)

It’s thought to have originated as a blend of the words irrespective and regardless, with the first documented usage traced back to around 1912.  Perhaps it may have been used in this context: “The Titanic has sunk, irregardless of her reputation as the unsinkable ship!

Extensive use of the word brought it to the attention of commentators as early as 1927.  To this day, the most frequently repeated remark about it is “there is no such word.”  But, in fact, there is such a word, and it can occasionally be found in edited prose, although you are most likely to encounter it primarily in dialectal American speech.

For those who still insist that “irregardless is not a word,” you can take a measure of comfort and justification in the fact that although irregardless may appear in modern dictionaries, it also comes with the following one word caveat:  nonstandard.

Here’s another interesting fact about the word irregardless:  according to a list on their website, it is the 65th most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com.  If you are like me, now you are curious about the number one most popular word.  Any guesses?

Merriam-Webster Online:  Most Popular Word Searches

Ann Mauren provides affordable copy editing and ebook formatting services.  She’s also a logophile.

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From Book to Ebook: Like Changing a Flat Tire

Converting your manuscript from book to ebook format can be very much like changing a flat tire—sometimes harder.

I can attest to this notion from frustrating personal experience.  Recently I was all set to enjoy a toddler free morning of editing work on my current novel in progress when just seconds after saying “Goodbye” and “I’ll be back soon,” it became clear that I wasn’t going anywhere any time soon.  The back driver’s side tire of my minivan was heartily hissing its way to total flatness as my expectations for a productive morning fizzled away with equal speed and finality.

The morning was extremely cold and windy, even by January in Ohio standards.  As I watched from the warm side of my sitter’s front window, it appeared that the young, “Today’s my first day” tire technician was having trouble locating what I soon (and grudgingly) had to admit was a maniacally well hidden spare tire.  Between skin and mind-numbing blasts of arctic air I was obliged to read aloud the step by step instructions from the van’s user’s manual to “First Day Fred” and together we eventually recovered my ability to roll.

Reflecting on the experience I was reminded that there’s generally a manual with step by step instructions for most all of life’s difficult tasks.  Ebook formatting is no exception. There’s an endless supply of online documentation that’s yours for the Googling.  But like changing a flat tire, just because it’s theoretically possible to accomplish by following a very technical set of instructions, does it follow that it’s always desirable or wise to do the job yourself?

If you’ve been secretly beating yourself up for not being equal to the challenge of formatting your ebook or if you’ve been stressing yourself out trying to muscle through it because you hate the idea of paying someone else to do something that you ought to be able to do yourself, think of it like a flat tire.  Sure you could read the manual and eventually figure it out and get rolling again.  But wouldn’t you prefer to let someone else handle the heavy lifting?  Aren’t some things in life worth delegating?

AMDesign Studios has been coming to the digital rescue since 2002.  Book to ebook formatting is just one of our palette of affordably priced design services for authors.  We know you’re not made of money or a publishing giant would be doing all of this work for you.  But who needs them when you’ve got us?  Stop by the studio and take a look at the ways we can get you rolling (and sparkling) on the big Amazon stage.

Ann Mauren provides affordable ebook formatting and copy editing services.  She’s also a logophile.

 

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