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.

3 Comments:

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.)

signed,
--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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