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AIBU to wish people knew when to use 'lose' rather than 'loose'?

(55 Posts)
hambo Tue 15-Sep-09 20:07:04


You don't want to LOOSE weight - you want to lose it!!

...and so on

WhereYouLeftIt Tue 15-Sep-09 20:09:00

It's those darned laptops - the keys just lend themselves to double-bounce

TheBolter Tue 15-Sep-09 20:09:10

I saw it yesterday as in 'X is a looser' hmm


TheBolter Tue 15-Sep-09 20:10:03

Aaah yes but the one I saw was hand written in pen!

WhereYouLeftIt Tue 15-Sep-09 20:11:37

Ooh, there's just no excuse then! Unless looser is a local term for a slut of some sort?

generalunrest Tue 15-Sep-09 20:12:10

Guilty as charged smile does that mean I'm universally hated? sad

Boodlerpoop Tue 15-Sep-09 20:13:42

I tend to loose it when I see this....;)

hambo Tue 15-Sep-09 20:13:52

Hated? Noooo!!

Despised, looked-down-upon, ridiculed???


(kidding....(runs for it..))

WhereYouLeftIt Tue 15-Sep-09 20:14:32

No generalunrest, hate the sin not the sinner wink

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 15-Sep-09 20:17:58

People who confuse "accept" with "except" annoy me more.

>>serene smile<<

generalunrest Tue 15-Sep-09 20:18:00

awww thanks WYLI, that would have ruined my life lol

yeah, thanks hambo angry grin

Squishabelle Tue 15-Sep-09 20:22:00

YANBU but my pet hate is people who use "brought" instead of "bought". It happens regularly on MN.

WhereYouLeftIt Tue 15-Sep-09 20:23:13

"of" instead of "have" is my personal fingernails-down-the-blackboard.

hambo Tue 15-Sep-09 20:23:33

I just spotted 'healed' instead of 'heeled'.....

Hmmmm...I surely have better things to do than become the spell checker for MN!!!

chegirl Tue 15-Sep-09 20:24:10

Arrgggh hate these threads. Not because you are wrong to dislike bad spelling and grammer. We should all aspire to high levels of literacy.

But some of us try and fail. I had a crappy education. I didnt learn to spell or use good grammer early on and its been a struggle ever since.

I do try to improve and thank the Lord for spellcheck but dont forget some of us have lots to say and are not always brilliant at doing it properly.

It doesnt make us lazy or stupid.

BUT YANBU to be irked by misuse of words.

I HATE it when people say 'if money was no option' WTF does that mean?

WebDude Tue 15-Sep-09 20:24:13

OLKN agree with you an accept/except

I seem to hear various BBC journalists on radio do this: swapping 'which' and 'who' (as it should be 'people' 'who' and 'organisation' 'which' ... {for anyone who might get it wrong!})

hambo Tue 15-Sep-09 20:24:17

Also 'off' insted of 'of'
and vice versa

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 15-Sep-09 22:04:18

chegirl, isn't it "If money were no object/obstacle..." ?

Quattrocento Tue 15-Sep-09 22:07:18

Yes, teeth-grindingly bad. There was a thread entitled "How to loose a bloke ...". I was disappointed not to see many tips on how to loose a bloke, which could have been an interesting discussion.

ShowOfHands Tue 15-Sep-09 22:11:22

through/throw I have seen just recently as in 'I through out my trousers as I am trying to loose weight'.

Started a thread today about rogue apostrophes. Seeing a lot of did'nt and could'nt contractions and even the odd mea'nt. Imaginative. Yet wrong.

tethersend Tue 15-Sep-09 22:16:17

affect/effect drives me mad.

Brio even has 'loose' (lose) on its cot packaging... Gah, there's no hope for society.

chegirl Tue 15-Sep-09 22:30:59

OldLady yes it is! Object doesnt make any sense.

Pacific instead of specific also gets to me. I also knew someone who insisted on saying 'catch 33' instead of 22.

I am v.unsteady about effect/affect and similar. Greatful/grateful, extream/extreme horrible that I cant seem to retain which is right.

I managed to remember bear v bare because bears are big and strong = the strength to bear something.

Its hard being dense grin

Ninks Tue 15-Sep-09 23:01:28

I was told to loose some weight off my fat arse on AIBU the other day. My OP was totally OTT and exaggerated, (idiotic drunken stupid not big or funny or clever) so I didn't mind. Gawd knows why I came back to tell her I was a size 12 - it's the internet, I could have claimed an 8 or 6 grin

But I'd seethe at that no matter what the victim, sorry, it's a very simple thing to learn. I'm borderline dyslexic and don't have any truck with people making no effort because of it.

twirlymum Tue 15-Sep-09 23:04:56

I hate spelling mistakes (yes I'm a pedant) but the misuse of the apostrophe really riles me.
I also loathe text speak. Innit.

scaryteacher Wed 16-Sep-09 07:56:35

It could be that people apply the rules for chose / choose to lose / loose?

I used to teach my tutor group that lose could change to lost, but loost didn't make sense in that context.

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