Writing loose when the word is lose

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November 12, 2020, 10:01 AM
Writing loose when the word is lose
What is it that makes this distinction so difficult for people? Not just on SF but throughout the internet? It's an easy word and if you read the sentence out loud it's obvious which word to use. Had to laugh when someone recently posted "I'm a looser...".

Doesn't seem to be a problem in reverse. People seem to know to write "my dog is loose" instead of lose.


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November 12, 2020, 10:02 AM
Originally posted by RogB:
Had to laugh when someone recently posted "I'm a looser...".

Puts me in mind of a former girlfriend... Eek

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November 12, 2020, 10:12 AM
The one that bugs me is the misuse of 'sell' and 'sale' as in "I want to sale this..." or "Up for sell".

Apparent there's more than history not taught in schools anymore.
November 12, 2020, 10:18 AM
They have a lose grasp of the English language.

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November 12, 2020, 11:32 AM
There are times when I have to use those terms, but I get lost in the thought process

November 12, 2020, 11:54 AM
Reminds me a Beatles’65 tune, “I’m a looser”.


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November 12, 2020, 12:07 PM
I wonder if being a looser is any different if you live in the dessert?
November 12, 2020, 12:24 PM
No, makes no difference to the loosers I’ve met. They’re like us, they say it’s a dry heat.
November 12, 2020, 12:45 PM
I am right their with you and agree. Eek Razz

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November 12, 2020, 01:56 PM
This is such a loose loose situation

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November 12, 2020, 02:42 PM
Loose/lose is my number one pet peeve on internet text. There/their/they're is coming up on the outside.

Doesn't anyone ever look at a dictionary? Does anyone even have a dictionary?
November 12, 2020, 03:20 PM
I was looking for our dictionary a couple weeks ago, the bride said she gave it to the library.
Got close enough to the spelling & auto fill took over.

Still, miss the old way and learning more than just the spelling.
November 12, 2020, 03:27 PM
I've been seeing "then" used in lieu of "than" a lot lately. Surprisingly, in books and news articles, which are supposed to to have editors and proofreaders.

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November 12, 2020, 03:33 PM
November 12, 2020, 04:48 PM
Very good. I’ll use Thank you.
November 12, 2020, 04:52 PM
There their they're, it's going to be ok. Big Grin
November 12, 2020, 05:05 PM
The dog laid down.

I'd like some advise.

Their coming at six.

Fire for affect.

How does it effect you?

Your doing okay.

He drinks alot.

What's a few bucks between friends?

Try to illicit a response.

Don't try to council me.

On the train, try for the upper birth.

He waits with baited breath.

Keep me appraised of the situation.

The right to bare arms.

That man is a cereal killer.

Step on the gas peddle.
November 12, 2020, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by sns3guppy:

What's a few bucks between friends?

Might be slower than usual, but I'm not seeing the issue with that.
I bet I feel silly soon, but could you elaborate please?
November 12, 2020, 07:19 PM
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November 12, 2020, 07:41 PM
I was going to add irregardless to your list, but I see it is indeed now a word.

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