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Lose or Loose?
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:55:33 AM »
Many of us English monoglots admire greatly the non-English speakers' ability to write in our language. There is one misspelling, however, that is becoming the norm in CR: loose for lose. "Loose", with two os means the opposite of tight. E.g., my lens cap is loose and sometimes falls off. The verb you use when you can't find something is "lose", with one o. E.g., I will lose my lens cap if it becomes loose and falls off.
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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 09:06:20 AM »
Many of us English monoglots admire greatly the non-English speakers' ability to write in our language. There is one misspelling, however, that is becoming the norm in CR: loose for lose. "Loose", with two os means the opposite of tight. E.g., my lens cap is loose and sometimes falls off. The verb you use when you can't find something is "lose", with one o. E.g., I will lose my lens cap if it becomes loose and falls off.

Blame Noah Webster. It's the sort of thing he would have advocated. I mean loose sounds like lose donnit  ?

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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2013, 09:22:21 AM »
What's up with sticking an e on the word lens?  At least you can't loose a lose lense cap, even if you can lose your loose lens cap.

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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013, 09:24:15 AM »
I have an English degree and this one kills me.  It's especially bad when people use the "word" loosed.  That and "can not" which is not technically incorrect, but just ignorant.  I could vent on dozens more...
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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2013, 09:29:01 AM »
I have an English degree and this one kills me.  It's especially bad when people use the "word" loosed.  That and "can not" which is not technically incorrect, but just ignorant.  I could vent on dozens more...

+1 ... the list could be "end less" ;)
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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2013, 09:45:10 AM »
Errors may often be caused by using grammar from different languages. For example "can not" may be a word by word translation from German "kann nicht". It may be that the same difference occurs for multiple languages, in which these words have not been concatenated. Given that it is not technically incorrect, it is not filtered out by spell checkers.

Please don't be too hard on people for misspelling or similar occurrences, where it is difficult for foreign language speakers to realize their mistakes.

It is a different thing for "lense", in which case I have absolutely no idea, where this may come from. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.
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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2013, 09:51:34 AM »
I have an English degree and this one kills me.  It's especially bad when people use the "word" loosed.  That and "can not" which is not technically incorrect, but just ignorant.  I could vent on dozens more...

Loosed - to discharge. 'He loosed an arrow at his opponent'.

Honestly, haven't you ever watched Robin Hood ?  ;)

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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 09:52:11 AM »
Is this a STA meeting? (Spelling Trolls Anonymous)

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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 10:20:50 AM »
Thank-you, AlanF.
 
I have been "biting my lip" over this for a very long time now on here. It infuriates me when people whose first Language is obviously English consistently get this wrong, and then claim "it's not important" if challenged about it.
Almost all English people get it wrong, or at least the ones who write on the internet do. I suspect that people whose first language is not English actually do better, statistically, than the rest at spelling "lose" (vb.) and "loose" (normally adj.).
There are no excuses for those whose first language is English.
 
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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2013, 10:22:46 AM »
I have an English degree and this one kills me.  It's especially bad when people use the "word" loosed.  That and "can not" which is not technically incorrect, but just ignorant.  I could vent on dozens more...

"Loosed" is a perfectly good English word.  Many arrows were loosed by English bowmen at Agincourt.  I suppose that a large number of those arrows were also lost.

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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2013, 10:29:55 AM »
I have an English degree and this one kills me.  It's especially bad when people use the "word" loosed.  That and "can not" which is not technically incorrect, but just ignorant.  I could vent on dozens more...

"Loosed" is a perfectly good English word.  Many arrows were loosed by English bowmen at Agincourt.  I suppose that a large number of those arrows were also lost.
Correct - I just meant the improper usage of the word.
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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2013, 10:33:18 AM »
"Loosed" is a perfectly good English word.  Many arrows were loosed by English bowmen at Agincourt.  I suppose that a large number of those arrows were also lost.

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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 10:41:42 AM »
Many of us English monoglots admire greatly the non-English speakers' ability to write in our language.

    {My admiration for polyglots on this forum} >>> {My annoyance at their misspellings and misuse}

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Re: Lose or Loose?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2013, 10:56:27 AM »
Ya'll got a point their.  Your right we should learn that they're is a difference between the too words.  If we don't let other's no about it than there never going to learn.
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« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2013, 10:57:28 AM »
I'm kind of glad someone brought this up.

I suspect that the worst offenders may be native English speakers. I'm often impressed with the command of the language that some of the English as a second language forum participants have. I'm jealous and reminded of how inferior certain aspects of our educational system can be.

I mean loose sounds like lose donnit  ?

It doesn't to this Midwestern English speaker's ear.

...That and "can not" which is not technically incorrect, but just ignorant.  I could vent on dozens more...

Not sure how "can not" is ignorant. Perhaps a bit antiquated, but still perfectly acceptable.
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