Sunday, 05 June 2005

Ok, time for a random pet-peeve post. I don't do these often, but I figure maybe I can change the whole world if I post this, so here goes:

People, listen up. If you learn only one grammatical/spelling/language rule this year, please make it this one... It will improve your sales figures, professional development, ability to earn promotions and recognition at work, and your general status in the community. Seriously.

Loose is a four-letter word.

Now, allow me to explain...

  • Loose = loos = adj/adv, meaning not tight, fastened, restrained, rigid, bound, etc.
  • Lose = looz = verb, meaning to fail in, or to fail to retain possession (opposite of win or find)

I can't even begin to tell you the number of emails, blog entries, letters, and even printed and online professional news articles (who's copy-editing these days anyhow?) I've read where members of the Hooked-on-Phonics generation (dat's Huhked-ahn-Fonikz fer yoo membrz) use the incorrect word in a variety of sentences.

Examples of improper use of "loose" in a sentence:

  • "Joe is such a looser. I can't believe that guy."
  • "If you don't try hard enough, you'll loose the game."

Examples of correct use of "loose" in a sentence:

  • "He's got a screw loose in his head."
  • "Your seatbelt is looser than mine."

I could also easily list a variety of colorful uses of both words in the same sentence - but I won't. Use your imagination and post a comment if you feel so inclined.

How have you seen these words (or others) completely butchered? Any funny examples?

Sunday, 05 June 2005 20:59:44 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
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