The decision has sparked a huge debate over the inclusion of what some consider a nonsensical word.

Just months after Microsoft Word put an end to the long-running debate over one space or two after a period (one space won out), the literary world is abuzz again with a new controversy. This time, it comes in the form of the word "irregardless," which has been considered a nonsensical word by some for ages.

Merriam-Webster has renewed the intense debate over whether or not "irregardless" is a real word by officially deciding that it is

Despite the heavy volume of polite letters and messages they get expressing displeasure at the very existence of the word, the dictionary has defined it. The word was first known to be used in 1795 and is defined as meaning "regardless."

“The reason we, and these dictionaries above, define irregardless is very simple: it meets our criteria for inclusion. This word has been used by a large number of people (millions) for a long time (over two hundred years) with a specific and identifiable meaning ("regardless"). The fact that it is unnecessary, as there is already a word in English with the same meaning (regardless) is not terribly important; it is not a dictionary's job to assess whether a word is necessary before defining it.”

Merriam-Webster Editor Peter Sokolowski said,

The reaction Merriam-Websters’ decision has sparked a massive debate online with writers, readers, and regular folk all weighing in. 

Despite the word getting an official inclusion and definition in the dictionary, it looks like the debate is far from settled. With everything else going on in the world right now, we don't know how long the debate will rage on, though plenty of people seem very worked up.

Irregardless, it looks like the word will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

Where do you fall on the "irregardless" debate? Is it a word, a slang term, or a complete travesty of the English language? Sound off in the comments.