So, this is extremely nit-picky of me, but I have been seeing it non-stop the past few weeks... Why, oh why, do people write "loose" instead of "lose"? Does this drive anyone else bonkers?
Loose is what your clothing will be after you lose 5 pounds.
Just had to get that out of my system :P
I am so sorry if this offended anyone! This is absolutely not directed at anyone who speaks English as something other than their first language. Even for those who do, I realize, as someone kindly pointed out, that it is nothing more than ego that makes me irritated at something as simple as a grammatical/spelling error. I'm working on that :) Thank you for the replies everyone, they helped me look at things differently, and reminded me that I need to choose my words and comments more carefully!
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Maybe that is why the guy is not loosing ... if you know what I mean ;)
And I did the same mistake in my reply! DUH!
I guess that makes me a "looser"! :)
How are you supposed to know that lose is spelled with one 'o' when moose, choose, noose, (that sounds the same) is spelled with two 'o':s?
Nose, dose, pose is spelled with one o, but is not pronounced the same as lose. Why not?
(Yes, English is my second language and I've never been taught any grammatic rules about the word lose)
Because loose is pronounced the same way as moose and means something different: e.g. floppy or baggy or with extra free space.
And lose as in loos or poos or choose means to misplace or stop having a quality (such at weight)
Blame it all on the C14 academics!
While I find grammatical errors irritating (being German means I had English grammar drilled into me for years), I also agree with others in that this is an open, international forum and some people have English as their second or third language.
I bet their English is still better than your French/Spanish/Russian. I don't mean to cause offense, but please consider that, too. You are lucky to be born in a country that speaks the world language, which means you can get by without ever learning a single word of another language, while others have to make an effort...