February 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Preston better stop being a pussy and get feral on those humans!!

February 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I had a coworker who used to say “irregardless” knowing it irritated the crap out of me. that was fine…until it bled over into other coworkers saying it and not realizing it was wrong. *facepalm*

February 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I hear people use “irregardless” once in a while (and it bugs me to HECK). “Between you and me” as well. I think the key is to find people who want to sound smart, but (unfortunately for them) are not.

February 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm


Loose Leaf Stories - AlP picks on language
February 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

[...] Alien loves Predator is picking on our use of language! Our loose grip on the rules of our own language seemed pretty mockable. That’s not an [...]

February 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Entertaining AND educational! I love A l P.

February 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Irregardless if you think irregardless is a word, I believe irregardlessly that irregardless is a word.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

February 16, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Reminds me of that kid getting his ass beat on the bus by that 67 year old white guy.

Eric Meyer
February 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Not only have I heard “irregardless” used in spoken conversation, it showed up twice in a recent W3C draft specification. I laid the smackdown.

February 17, 2010 at 12:59 am

I always thought the phrase was ” I couldn’t care less”
was this just me subconsciously correcting others stupidity ?

February 17, 2010 at 2:26 am

Hey, Happy CNY! Gong xi fa cai!

February 17, 2010 at 4:00 am

‘More Fatal’ is bernieh’s Pink Panther moment. around 20% of the way down

February 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

I’ve heard “irregardless” many times over the years. Just saying “regardless” works all the same…

“I could care less” is annoying. People are trying to say, “I don’t care.” So it should be, “I couldn’t care less,” because one can’t care less than not at all. But most of the time they end up saying “I could care less.” No, you couldn’t… that is the point you are trying to make…

February 17, 2010 at 5:24 am

February 17, 2010 at 6:58 am

He’s such a lovable plonker, isn’t he?

I’m just loving this particular part of the storyline!!!

AVP – YEAH!!!!!!!
It’s fantastic. My friends over at Aliens Legacy have all been playing the demo like mad. I’m sure there’s an Abe/Preston group double-teaming against teh Marines!! :-D

February 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

“I could care less” only makes sense if it is intended as irony.

February 17, 2010 at 8:39 am

Not only do here it all the time, there is a local business that has embraced it in their name.

Nurf Druids
February 17, 2010 at 8:59 am

man bernie you’re just putting up gold comic after gold comic these days. just, top notch jokes.

well dealt and well played, sir.

February 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

I teach high school — I hear “irregardless” all the time and call them out for it.

Neil (AoD)
February 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

‘Irregardless = appeared in early 20th century america’. Well there’s a suprise, damn yanks taking my beautiful language and screwing it up. Aluminium, balloon, colour, flavour… speak English!

Poor Abe… :D

February 17, 2010 at 10:14 am

Actually I’m the ass that uses “I could care less” in the correct manner – when I actually care somewhat about something. People like you jump ALL OVER me claiming I had misspoken, and I take great pleasure in painstakingly pointing out that that I do indeed care about the given subject, therefore it’s possible for me to care less. Stupid as hell? Yes of course, but it’s friggin hilarious to watch grammar nazis try and comprehend my ridiculous logic.

February 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

I should shudder at the thought of that word being used recklessly with the background I have in studying linguistics in higher education. However, the English language constantly evolves, and I’d rather not be a Kim Jong Il about it, more like Bill Clinton about it. Hm… I used proper names to describe feelings about a word. What do you think about that? Cheers all!

February 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I have a theory that the language garbling thing may be more prominent in the Midwest. I have often heard said here in the Midwest that we do not speak with an accent because people on TV talk like us. Well… I have heard “irregardless” often as well as “often” with a “t.” I even have an aunt who is a teacher who interchanges “bought” and “brought” in conversation. She even has argued this usage with other “educators” in my family. What do you expect from a land where we drink from “bubblers” and not “drinking fountains!”

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February 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I wish I could care less, but irregardless is annoying me. :P

Poor Abe… shot, wounded, beaten. So sad. :(

February 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Sorry, but as much as you may hate it, irregardless IS a word. Productive affixation, bitches. Love it or learn a non-affixing language (good luck with that, I hear Chinese may not have any).

Sarcastic Fringehead
February 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

Similar to “I could care less”, is the saying “Cheap at half the price” which is taken to mean “That is a very fair price”, but to my mind, means the opposite.

February 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I guess it comes down to if you treat lethal and fatal as synonyms. Something can be more lethal, but I don’t think, at least in this context, you can use fatal in a similar way. Unless you use fatal as referring to fate in which case game on.

D. B.
February 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Both lethal and fatal, like unique, are exclusive definitons. There can be no more or less of any of them. Death is (usually) a final condition. One might argue for temporarily lethal and briefly fatal, but unique is always only one, so there is no “more unique” sorry. I tend to be a linquistic enforcement officer but let many things slide in casual conversation, and have fun with phrases like “I could care less.” just like bacon above. I just discovered your comic with this one linked to by a friend, looks like a fun one. Thanks in advance for the chuckles to come.

February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

dgraham – so what does ‘irregardless’ mean?? Are you claiming it’s some new double negative, meaning ‘WITH regard’? The only reason the word exists at all is because people confuse ‘irrespective’ and ‘regardless’. ‘RegardLESS’ doesn’t need ‘irr’ added – that’s like saying, ‘unneedless’. Oh god – is that what’s coming next?? ‘Well, that was an unneedless thing to do…’ Argh!

Bernie – awesome as ever. Love the ‘Batman’ style!

February 19, 2010 at 3:01 am

greendragon, you’ve done it. my old english teacher tried to impress the futility and fluidity of slang in common language by introducing various nonsense terminology to his classes as a social experiment, to see which ones stuck. he might start to cry on the inside after seeing this, but unneedless must be brought into the mainstream

February 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Lets hope that theres going to be some action next week

February 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I followed your dictionary link and got:

irregardless – 3 dictionary results

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So there.

February 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Also, the ‘avatar yourself’ ad needs moar boobies.

February 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm

You’ve probaly seen this already, but I haven’t:

├žause predators can dance too! =P

February 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Yossarian – I hope your old English teacher won’t shed any unneedless tears over the fluidity of language; after all, I wouldn’t want to cause anyone unnecessaryless pain. That would be disrespectfulless.

February 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I saw Abe and Preston in London!

It TOTALLY matches the comic’s current point. :D

February 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

OH no, it happens ALL the time. Drives me nuts.

February 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

But seriously, why does anyone care about, “I could care less”? I am very particular about speech and communication; however I do not find anything troubling about that turn of phrase.

“ATM Machine,” will always give me pause.

February 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

Bernieh: every other inch a gentleman

February 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

my chess teacher uses irregardless a lot. It is annoying.

February 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I heard a sports commentator use “irregardless”. But he once was a player so I suppose all those blows to his head excuse the use of that so-called word.

And for phrases I’d like to offer up to the Alien Police, “It is what it is” drives me crazy. Of course “it” is what it “is”. Does one expect “it” to be anything other than what it “is”? If it isn’t, then it isn’t what it is.

February 23, 2010 at 1:01 am

I dunno, I figure something with an LD50 of 1mg is more lethal than one with an LD50 of 1kg. Also see less lethal ammunition.

I’m good with unique being exclusive, however.

April 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

First of all, sometimes I could care less. I care to a certain degree, but I could care less. Like the state of politics in the world today, there are things that I am unhappy about, it would often be nice to care less, so maybe I could.

Second, teach remedial writing at the college level and you’d be thrilled to see something that made as much sense as irregardless. These are college students and they can’t write a complete sentence!

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