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Question #714 posted on 09/29/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
I often get annoyed when people say anyways instead of anyway. Is 'anyways' a real word?
- Slightly Annoyed

A: Dear Slightly Annoyed,
Why, yes. It is a word. Do you challenge the Dictionary of English Usage?
"Anyways" is on page 107, and reads: None of the senses of anyways are standard contemporary English, but you should not conclude that they are substandard. When anyways means "anywise" (in any way whatever), it is archaic (having the characteristics of the language of the past and surviving chiefly in specialized uses). The other uses-"to any degree at all" and "in any case, anyway, anyhow"-are dialectal, mainly in South and South Midland areas, but some are found in New England.
So, in summary, yes people can say it if they want to. But it really should be used as anyway.
- Duchess