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On to a Looser!

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On to a Looser!

Is it just me that's getting irked by the number of people (here and elsewhere) using 'loose' when they mean 'lose'.
lose    /lo͞oz/

  • Be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something): "I've lost my appetite".

  • Cause (someone) to fail to gain or retain (something): "you lost me my appointment at the university".

loose    /lo͞os/

  • Not firmly or tightly fixed in place; detached or able to be detached: "a loose tooth".


  • Set free; release: "the hounds have been loosed".

btw.. the title was intentional!
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Re: On to a Looser!

I wonder if it's because it sounds like loos that they slip the extra o in?
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Re: On to a Looser!

It's a very common error on the forums.
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Re: On to a Looser!

Well you can't fault people like me who have always had spelling problems. A spell checker helps but can't always distinguish similarly spelt words, like your example. What you really need is a definition check too, to go along with the spelling.
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Re: On to a Looser!

What about ' teh ' Instead of ' The ' really gets on my nerves.
Along with pwn, teh is a standard feature of leetspeak.Originating from the common typo, it has become conventionalized in a variety of contexts. It is often used ironically, and can be used to mock someone's lack of "techie" knowledge or skills, as an insult, or to reinforce a group's elitism;eye dialect. It is frequently used to denote mock ignorance of over-used and over-determined concepts (e.g., "long live teh Patriarchy").

Not just a typo then.
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