Thursday, May 15, 2008

One more thing

While I'm in curmudgeon mode, I have to say I'm sick to death of supposedly intelligent people who can't fucking tell the difference between the word lose - the opposite of win and loose - to let something go. There's a whole lot of "loosing" going on on the internet, more than can be explained by the occasional fat finger, which we're all afflicted by from time to time. While reading an otherwise intelligent and properly-spelled post, this particular error sticks out like a giant sore thumb saying "Look at me! You might as well stop reading because I can't tell the difference between 'lose' and 'loose'!" Aside from just general laziness and stupidity, I think you have to lay some blame on spell checkers. People get complacent knowing that any misspelled words will be marked. I submit that all spell checkers should flag the words loose and loosing (especially loosing) as possible errors because really, how many times do people actually want to write loosing and not losing?

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10 comments:

fridge said...

I'd agree with you whole-heartedly, but I have a serious issue when typing extemporaneously with the There-Their-They're trifecta. I totally understand their correct usage and generally find the mistakes if I take the time to read what I've written. But there's apparently some dead brain cells in my noggin that were intended to keep track of this for me. So, while that makes me nuts too, it would be wrong in my case to make a big deal of it.

I blame the time I did shrooms in college.

John Howard said...

People can't spell anything.

hypocrisy, consistently, definitely, off the top of my head, those are the ones that annoy me the most.

Angelos said...

separate

Chris Howard said...

but I have a serious issue when typing extemporaneously with the There-Their-They're trifecta

That one I can understand a little better. Since they're all pronounced the same, your brain can read them and hear the right thing. Like I sometimes see intelligent people write 'know' when they mean 'no'.

michelline said...

to and too.

maurinsky said...

I don't use spellcheck, so any spelling errors you see in my comments or posts are typos.

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