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[Note: Pinker acknowledges that certain schools of thought regard "irregardless" as simply non-standard, but he insists it should not even be granted that.] Correct: Regardless of how you feel, it's objectively the wrong decision.

/ Everyone gets a vote, irrespective of their position.

Correct: "The indecisive chairman floundered." / "The headstrong chairman foundered." • Fortuitous means coincidental or unplanned and does not mean fortunate.

Correct: "It was ironic that I forgot my textbook on human memory." / It was unfortunate that I forgot my textbook the night before the quiz.

• Irregardless is not a word but a portmanteau of regardlessand irrespective.

• Hone means to sharpen and does not mean to home in on or to converge upon. Correct: "She tried to stay away from the hot button of abortion." / Drones are a hot topic in the tech world. • Intern (verb) means to detain or to imprison and does not mean to inter or to bury.

• Hung means suspended and does not mean suspended from the neck until dead. Correct: The rebels were interned in the military jail. • Ironic means uncannily incongruent and does not mean inconvenientor unfortunate.

Correct: The spray should mitigate the bug problem.

/ Their inconceivable differences will militate against the treaty.• New Age means spiritualistic, holistic and does not mean modern, futuristic.Correct: He is a fan of New Age mindfulness techniques.Correct: His opportunism brought him to the head of the company./ The party ran on promoting economic opportunities for the middle class./ That TV screen is made from a high-end modern glass. Correct: I covered my nose when I walked past the noisome dump.

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