Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lose or Loose?

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Writers continue to confuse the words LOSE and LOOSE. How many times have you read this in someone's blog, forum post, or email: "How can I loose 10 pounds?" Am I the only one who needs to talk about this?

Okay, I don't know any other way to explain this except to pull out the boring stuff:

LOOSE is an adjective (it describes nouns: people, places, things, ideas); examples: I have baggy, loose pants. Need some loose pocket change?

LOSE is a verb (it shows action or a state of being); examples: I need to lose weight. I think I'll lose my mind.

Look, I don't sit on the toilet and read the dictionary (okay, I do), but that's neither here nor there (a future topic) point is that I'm not obsessed with grammar, but sometimes I see the same mistake over and over, and I feel it's a cosmic calling, of sorts, telling me that it's time to mention it, somewhere.

For a lighter take on this topic, visit the
Queen of Wands.