Re: Lose vs Loose (was Re: Items in a Series and Comma Use?)
You're absolutely correct...except...the "lose" versus "loose" error had nothing to do with "journalistic street cred." It was a simple matter of not taking time to edit the email before clicking "Send." Too many things happening at the same time.... This is just living proof that none of us walk on water.....some of us still sink up to our ankles.So, in order to get on to bigger and better things....I choose not to
use it unless specified in the style guide for whomever is paying me.
Go ahead and use it if it makes you happy. I won't loose any sleep over
it and I don't think that the comma police will loose any sleep either.
I find it humorous that people claiming journalistic street cred rail
about legacy grammar and punctuation rules and then consistently use
the entirely wrong word as part of their justification, thus damaging
the impression of authority. (And I'm not pointing the finger at this
particular author, by the way, as I've seen it far more often than I
would have thought.)
The "lose" versus "loose" error seems nearly as rampant as "your"
versus "you're", and I think we do our readers a service when we point
it out. I admit that I struggle with the best way to do that without
coming across as a grammar cop.
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