Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pet Peeve

The misuse of loose for lose.
As in: I hope we don't loose this game.

I see this mistake with frequency. I'm not as obsessed with it as Lynn Truss is with the misuse of the apostrophe (see Eats, Shoots & Leaves) ; however, I do cringe every time I read a sentence containing the misuse of loose. :)


sam said...

That one doesn't bother me as much as:

to, too
your, you're
their, they're, there

I see these used incorrectly daily in emails at work and it drives me crazy. This is very basic grammar!

stephanie said...

Oh, those bother me too. I just find the lose/loose used so often and I can't believe the speller isn't catching it. They're two different words that are even pronounced differently!

Basic grammar lessons seem to have fallen by the wayside.

liz nelson said...

yeah, that totally bugs me. i notice it all the time... word misuse like that seems to crop up a lot on facebook.

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