impertinent vs irrelevant : Common Errors in English

About impertinent vs irrelevant

“Impertinent” looks as if it ought to mean the opposite of “pertinent,” andindeed it once did; but for centuries now its meaning in ordinary speech has beennarrowed to “impudent,” specifically in regard to actions or speech towardsomeone regarded as socially superior. Only snobs and very old-fashioned peopleuse “impertinent” correctly; most people would be well advised to forget it anduse “irrelevant” instead to mean the opposite of “pertinent.”

impertinent Meaning(s)

  • (s) improperly forward or bold
  • (s) not pertinent to the matter under consideration
  • (s) characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality

irrelevant Meaning(s)

  • (a) having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

impertinent in News

  1. Trayvon Martin case: Prosecution's star witness proves to be a challenge

    Impertinent. Mumbling. Offended. Teary-eyed. Rachel Jeantel, star witness for the prosecution in George Zimmerman's murder trial, was all of those, and more, as her testimony Wednesday provided new details into Trayvon Martin’s last moments and infused racially loaded commentary into an already-sensitive trial.
    on June 27, 2013 Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  2. EMMYS: ‘Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes

    Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes on what he’s learned in the business: On giving advice In a way, I always think advice is rather impertinent really, because I’m not aware of knowing anything that anyone else doesn’t. I suppose the only thing I would say to young writers is if you want to do these courses and read these books, just remember that ...
    on June 24, 2013 Source: Deadline Hollywood

irrelevant in News

  1. Death row inmate seeks DNA test

    A former Alliance man, on death row for the murders of an elderly couple, is seeking to have a cigarette butt retested for DNA. The defense says the evidence could be critical to proving Tyrone Noling’s innocence. The prosecution says the cigarette butt is irrelevant in the case.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Canton Repository

  2. 5 Undrafted St. Louis Rams Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems

    Earlier this offseason, we discussed some of the more alluring undrafted free agents signed by the St. Louis Rams following the draft, but with OTAs nearing a conclusion, which of these long-shot youngsters are making a splash? Sure, discussing irrelevant, no-name prospects is not always as interesting as covering the well-known blockbuster names. However, if you’re a fan of HBO’s  Hard Knocks ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Dear Jony, The Future of Design Is More Than Making Apple iOS Flat

    Not only is the Jobs vs. Ive framing overly simplified, it¿s also irrelevant to design discourse. Limiting our skeuomorphism and flat design discussion to what essentially boils down to a ¿do these pixels make me look fat¿ question is a waste of energy. Instead, design should boldly go where no user and interface has gone before. Pixels are infinitely available and infinitely malleable; our ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wired News

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