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expat
3rd November 2008, 10:55
Why indeed do people spell "lose" as "loose"? I would really like to know.

Moscow Mule
3rd November 2008, 10:57
Why indeed do people spell "lose" as "loose"? I would really like to know.

Loose morals?

Platypus
3rd November 2008, 10:57
And vice versa !

DimPrawn
3rd November 2008, 10:57
Why indeed do people spell "lose" as "loose"? I would really like to know.

Let's face it, these people are loosers.

HTH

EternalOptimist
3rd November 2008, 11:21
I always thought it was an Americanism till I noticed a lot of foreigners doing it here on CUK



:rolleyes:

TimberWolf
3rd November 2008, 11:37
Why indeed do people spell "lose" as "loose"? I would really like to know.

Probably because the pronunciation of a word and its spelling are only loosely related. How about spelling lose 'looz' or 'loos'?

Diver
3rd November 2008, 11:42
Probably because the pronunciation of a word and its spelling are only loosely related. How about spelling lose 'looz' or 'loos'?

Toilet mouth :D

expat
3rd November 2008, 12:51
Probably because the pronunciation of a word and its spelling are only loosely related. How about spelling lose 'looz' or 'loos'?But the way that you spell a word correctly is by knowing how it is spelled, not by guessing. Or by having a more sophisticated understanding of how standard spellings come to be, but I do not think that we are talking about "more sophisticated" here.

Are you saying that all these loosers simply do not know how to spell the word "lose", but they either are unaware that they don't know (how can that be?), or they don't think it matters, they can just wing it? Because they can't.

Either you know how to spell it, or you look it up. It's not hard.

zara_backdog
3rd November 2008, 13:07
But the way that you spell a word correctly is by knowing how it is spelled, not by guessing. Or by having a more sophisticated understanding of how standard spellings come to be, but I do not think that we are talking about "more sophisticated" here.

Are you saying that all these loosers simply do not know how to spell the word "lose", but they either are unaware that they don't know (how can that be?), or they don't think it matters, they can just wing it? Because they can't.

Either you know how to spell it, or you look it up. It's not hard.

It is if you are dyslexic:tantrum:

TimberWolf
3rd November 2008, 13:11
But the way that you spell a word correctly is by knowing how it is spelled, not by guessing. Or by having a more sophisticated understanding of how standard spellings come to be, but I do not think that we are talking about "more sophisticated" here.

Are you saying that all these loosers simply do not know how to spell the word "lose", but they either are unaware that they don't know (how can that be?), or they don't think it matters, they can just wing it? Because they can't.

Either you know how to spell it, or you look it up. It's not hard.

I imagine in most cases it's just carelessness. Whoever has never done so, let him loose the first stone.

Learning to spell each and every word individually cures the symptoms but not the underlying cause - that language is carp. What a waste of time and brain cells in place of updating the spellings.

The first syllable of both 'loose' and 'lose', is 'loo' (I think). It appears to be that their spelling should differ in the second syllable, the 'se' rather than 'loo': Loose and looze.

expat
3rd November 2008, 13:20
It is if you are dyslexic:tantrum:My apologies for thoughtlessness. Don't think that's the problem with the epidemic of "loose", though.