It is amazing how many so-called words have made it into the English language. People use words that aren’t really words, and most people don’t know the difference.
These words are used so often that people don’t give them a second thought perhaps because they have heard them used by news reporters and others on the radio and television.
Be informed and learn that the followings are not words. Now you know why your spell checker says they are not words.
Okay: Most people are surprised and irked when spell-checkers tell them that okay is not really a word. OK (or O.K.) is the spelling you should use. OK?
Irregardless: Irregardless is not a word. The correct word to use is “regardless.” The problem with irregardless is “regardless” already means something isn’t worth regard so there is no need to add the “ir” to it. When you say “irregardless” you are saying the opposite of what you really want to say. So if regardless means having no regard, the irregardless would mean not having no regard.
Conversate is not a word. What you really want to do is have a conversation or converse with someone.
Vice-A-Versa is not correct even though people say it all the time. The correct phrase is vice versa.
And etc. is redundant. Etc. is the abbreviation for the Latin phrase et cetera which means “and other things” or “and so forth.” When you say and etc., you are saying “and and other things.”
Alot: This is not a word. The correct phrase consists of two word: People use their cell phones a lot.
Apart or A part. Both these are real words, but you must know when to use them. “Apart” is an adverb meaning two or more people or things that are separated “A part” are actually two words. “A part” is a piece or segment of something. A part can also be something in someone’s hair.
Alright: This is not a word just as alwrong is not a word. The correct spelling is all right; two words, not one.