Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Grammar Grump

LOSE (vb) to be unable to find or have at hand; to fail to keep control of

LOOSE (adj) not rigidly fastened or securely attached; not tightfitting

See the difference? Contrary to what I see almost daily in emails and in print media, these two words are *not* interchangeable. You did not "loose" the football game, no matter what the newpaper said.


Blogger sabrina d. said...

one of these days i'm going to give up this glamorous life as an IT professional, and take up the cowl as a copyeditor, for the betterment of mankind.

(and, y'know, my own personal glory and to get paid to be bitter about grammar.)

--she who is too lazy to use capital letters.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Dad said...

My Enlish major daughter gets on her stump again.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Nancy J said...

From another English major: "alot" is not a word. It's 'a lot'. And sloppiness does not 'make it so'. Grrrrr. And, "its" = belonging to him while "it's" = it is. So there, world!

8:22 AM  

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