Pet Peeves: Loose Instead of Lose

I have a long list of pet peeves, some that bug me more than others. One that I see popping up more and more is that people spell lose with two o‘s. Lately, I’ve taken to passing over even potentially interesting articles that have this misspelling, such as this recent one: “How inventors and entrepreneurs loose touch with reality.”

Call me shallow, but I prefer a firm touch (not a “loose” one). This article also talks about “loose perspective.” I suppose that’s in contrast to a tight one? “When you loose perspective you begin to loose your objectivity.” Well, whatever that means, it sounds bad.

Once, my Mandrake Linux box warned me to be careful about performing a certain operation. Apparently I could “loose data.” Oh no! I thought. We can’t have all that loose data floating around! How would we ever get it back in the computer? It would be like stuffing toothpaste back into the tube.

Searching through the other OS files on the system, I found other instances of the same gaffe:

UPDATE: If it helps you to remember, try the following nonsensical sentence: “Loose as a moose on a goose.”


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J. Timothy King

I'm the eldest of three siblings, a stay-at-home father of two daughters, the husband of a wonderful wife, and an indie author of life-expanding character fiction. When not writing, I read, watch old TV and movies, play bass guitar, and tend to my family in our Boston-area apartment.

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ARRRGGHHH! That (loose, instead of lose) is the one that just makes my toes curl up and steam come out of my ears. Even worse is when someone spells it incorrectly as an adjective (loosing, rather than losing, cause, for instance.)

J. Timothy King

I’m loosing my mind! (Hear it rattle inside my head?)


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