Are "Impact," "Irregardless," and "Hopefully" Real Words?
“Hopefully” does not mean “I hope.”
Hopefully, I hope the Plaintiff will reconsider our offer.
(Full disclosure: Nothing is wrong with “hopefully,” except that many people who read your work were taught it’s incorrect. They will assume you don’t know that. “I hope” sounds better anyway.)
“Irregardless” stubbornly survives as the bastard child of “regardless” and “irrespective.”
Irregardless Regardless of the State’s position, pension funds must be protected.
(Spewing “irregardless” to a professor earned one of my law school classmates a round of ring tapping from the self-righteous rest of us. We were right. It was then, and still is, not a word, no matter what part of speech.)
As these “words” struggle toward “acceptability,” don’t risk your credibility by using them now.