So really the question is; what makes a word real?
Most of us say a word isn't real if it's not in the dictionary. I like this definition. It's neat. Though it might only be true if you're playing Scrabble.
In reality if a word is used by countless people is it not real whether or not it's listed in the dictionary? Is it not real...irregardless?
I hate this word because it is nonsense and should not be a real word. But should not and is not are often worlds apart. How long can we deny it is a word? Until those of us who disdain it are in the minority? We might already be there for all I know.
I think including it in the dictionary while proscribing against its use in its very definition is actually the best solution. That way we grudgingly accept it is a word due to the fact that lots of people use it but still get to condemn it as being utterly retarded.
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.” – Bill Hicks