Lose and Loose - TWO DIFFERENT WORDS

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:01 PM GMT
    I'm sorry but I'm going to LOSE my mind the next time I see someone type "loose" when they mean "lose".

    I know I know - there is probably going to be a small minority that agree with this pet peeve and the rest will say, "Take a pill, Gig. It's not that big a deal."

    But PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE? Stop with the lose and looser!
  • jc_online

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:23 PM GMT
    While we're at it, can we add the following to the spelling rant?

    your VS you're

    then VS than

    its VS it's

    everyday VS every day

    any others anyone wants to add?

    I don't mean to pick on anyone whose first language is not English, only those who were raised with English and didn't pay attention or don't care. ;o)

    where are the grammar police?

    gram·mar /ˈgræmər/ –noun
    1. the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed; morphology and syntax.
    2. these features or constructions themselves.
    3. an account of these features; a set of rules accounting for these constructions.
  • art_smass

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:25 PM GMT
    I make typos and spelling mistakes, so I'll start this post by admitting that I'm not perfect. However, I know exactly what you mean. I get in a knot when I read the same mistakes repeated over and over again.

    The one that drives me nuts is "alot." A LOT of people believe that it's one word. When I read it in forum posts, my eyes sort of glaze over, and the relevance of the post is instantly diminished.

    Yes, I can be a snob.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    To, two, and also too

    Is my favorite misused term.

    Darn grammer anyhow ;-)
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    I hate it when they say 9x6 when they mean 5x3.5.
  • art_smass

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:32 PM GMT
    I hate when they use metric when I thought they were using Imperial.
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:35 PM GMT
    they're/their/there,

    effect/affect,

    choose/chose,

    bought/brought,

    principal/principle


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    Sep 05, 2007 3:37 PM GMT
    "choose/chose,"

    Ugh - that's the other one! What is it with the "o"?!
  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:39 PM GMT
    darn gay men, always trying to find an extra hole to use...
  • Squarejaw

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:50 PM GMT
    I always laugh when guys mean to write:

    "I'm looking for a man who will complement me,"

    but actually write,

    "I'm looking for a man who will compliment me."

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:57 PM GMT
    gigaram- add two more ; loss, lost ,loose, lose. Now try to read these 4 words out-loud fast.
  • dhinkansas

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    Sep 05, 2007 4:06 PM GMT
    I've never thought I was a perfekt spellar, but I do laff sometimes when I see the speling.

    Sometimes maybe it's just the mind working faster than the hands can type. I don't think they diagram sentences anymore in school. It's even more common to see this kind of think in the workplace...where you think people would be extra careful. At least on this site, they could be distracted by a hot guy and momentarily forget how to spell.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 4:23 PM GMT
    breath and breathe
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    It seems substituting "loose" for "lose" has become quite popular.
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:33 PM GMT
    using who in the objective case. Should be whom.
  • Laurence

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    Sep 05, 2007 4:34 PM GMT
    Yeah and don't get me started on the way those bloody Americans mangle the English language.

    This is the way you spell these words -
    Labour, Neighbour, colour, theatre.

    I wish they'd stop being so lazy and learn to spell.

    Also pronunciation. Semi is not pronounced sem-eye. anti is not pronounced ant-eye.

    Will everyone please take care with the English language please. It is very irritating for us that nose how to right and speak proper.

    ;)

    Lozx
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:34 PM GMT
    As Fraiser said, "I don't correct your grammar to be popular!"
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:42 PM GMT
    I used to be nazi grammar police, now it's not so big of a deal. It does determine how I think of you though.

    The better your grammar and writing skills are, the more intelligent I will think you are. However, most of my favorite people couldn't even designate more than one paragraph in a long message, so I let it slide these days. In the end, I get what they are trying to say with ease, even if they say it wrong.

    Oh, and don't forget about further/farther, fuckin bugs the shit out of me.
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    I literally die when people misuse the word "literally."
  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 4:49 PM GMT
    Color, neighbor, theater, mustache, flavor, honor have been accepted as the correct spelling since 1828. Let's understand regional differences will never be settled and not look down upon those people who utilize the correct spelling for their location.


    On a random side note, I dislike when people misuse "so and so and I" or "so and so and me".
  • DiverScience

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    Sep 05, 2007 5:21 PM GMT
    accept/except

    bring/take

    fewer/less
  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 5:22 PM GMT
    On a random side note, I just hate the word "dethaw". It just makes no sense whatsoever, and is rarely used correctly.
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    Sep 05, 2007 5:23 PM GMT
    irregardless...

    Yargh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Sep 05, 2007 5:48 PM GMT
    I could care less should be I couldn't care less.

    Also, when people say "i have to take a sh*t", i always wonder "from where?".
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    Sep 05, 2007 7:40 PM GMT
    "Lay/Lie"

    Oh, and the way "like" is used as a preposition when the sentence doesn't need it. For example: "I was looking at him thinking LIKE, why don't I just ask him out?" Ugh!