Is anyone else annoyed by people using “loose” for “lose?”?
LOSE /luz/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[looz] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation verb, lost, los·ing.
–verb (used with object) 1. to come to be without (something in one’s possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I’m sure I’ve merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.
2. to fail inadvertently to retain (something) in such a way that it cannot be immediately recovered: I just lost a dime under this sofa.
LOOSE /lus/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[loos] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation adjective, loos·er, loos·est, adverb, verb loosed, loos·ing.
–adjective 1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
2. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways
Other errors that really bug me are the ones misusing to, too and two, and effect vs. affect. Additionally, lack of noun-verb agreement, split infinitives, and poor use of plurals (such as mother-in-laws vs. mothers-in-law) make me cringe.
It seems as if native English speakers have no regard for how these errors affect meaning. No wonder there’s so much confusion in the world. My daughter-in-law is a non-native speaker and SHE knows proper usage. What an indictment of our public schools!
I won’t even start on Dub’s errors…….
Other things that bother me include mixing up their, there and they’re.
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