Lots of things irritate me, on account of how I am easily irritated. Most of all, I am irritated by stupidity, especially stupidity caused by lack of attention to obvious detail.

No more is this demonstrated than in my total aversion to the misuse of words and one thing that really drives me insane is the inability to differentiate between “lose” and “loose”. Why do so many people get these confused? It should be obvious from the pronunciation alone what they both mean, yet so many people insist that they are going to, for example, “loose their mind” … what does that mean exactly, that they are going to send it on some sort of rampage?

Let’s get this straight once and for all. When the word “loose” is pronounced, it has an “s” sound; when the word “lose” is pronounced, it has a “z” sound. If that simple difference is borne in mind, there should be no margin for error and no excuse for it. To make it even clearer, “loose” is the opposite of “tight” and “lose” is the opposite of “win”. So, if you say “I know I am going to loose the game”, what you are really saying is “I know I am not going to tight the game”, which makes no sense whatsoever. It also makes you sound like a complete idiot.

Oh and while we’re at it, the words “to” and “too” are pronounced differently, too (not to). So, you would “go to work, too” (light “u” sound followed by heavy “oo” sound), you would not “go too work, to”, although you might “go to work to work”.

10 Responses to “IF IT’S LOOSE, DON’T LOSE IT…”

  1. jude Says:

    Wow .. you need to lossin’ up :-)

  2. Angry Husband Says:

    Alright, enough about Qabbani, what else is going on these days?

  3. Maioush Says:

    I am, but some people are just too much eh!!

    Angry Husband:
    Man!! please, no need for that…

  4. kinziblogs Says:

    Maioush, you’ve gotten your self CaliforNIIYAY accent! Having an excess of UK and Ozzie friends has made my pronunciation of ‘to’ and ‘too’ identical.

  5. Jumana Says:

    sometimes I really feel like punching an idiot in the face.

    have you ever felt this way? :)

  6. sweetlikearose Says:

    maiuoosh .. i tagged u .. :: warde ::

  7. Oriental Arabesque Says:

    i totally agree..the meaning gets completely lost with such mistakes..even when writing sometimes

  8. sel3 Says:

    Yes I agree, if you don’t speak English very good, don’t, no one is forcing you to, and it doesn’t make you look cool, not at all.

  9. Maioush Says:

    LOOOOOOL kinzi, @ CaliforNIIYAY :D
    But no I still have my heavy Arabic accent when I speak :D

    Awal shi welcome back, I miss u so much… and yeah I feel that way all the time :)

    Sweet like a rose:
    I answered it dear, few days ago, check it out :) ::wardetean::

    Oriental Arabesque:
    True, very true…

    Yet!! They keep doing it :S

  10. Hani Obaid Says:

    Blease rememper, bractice makes berfect !

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