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Default Grammar Lesson: LOOSE vs LOSE

Okay, this has bothered me for a LONG time.

LOOSE does not mean the same thing as LOSE, yet I see these used interchangably. Actually, I see them used incorrectly more than I see them used properly.

So, for all of you who do not know how these words differ, let us have a small lesson.

LOSE: To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay; To fail to win; To rid oneself of.

Example of proper usage: I will need to LOSE some weight following my cruise.
INCORRECT: I will need to "loose" some weight following my cruise.

LOOSE: Not fastened, restrained, or contained; Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together.

Example of proper usage: It appears the children are running LOOSE on the ship again.
INCORRECT: It appears the children are running "lose" on the ship again.

IT'S SO SIMPLE PEOPLE!!!! They're not the same word. Please take a moment to consider what you're actually writing when you attempt to use these words.

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...........someone must have really gotten your goat. You must be a teacher.

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Roynala -

. No, not a teacher, just someone who notices HORRIBLE grammar used by so many people on this board.

I find bad grammar and/or spelling incredibly distracting, and I have just seen it one too many times. I had to say something!

I know it's not technically a "cruise gripe," but I had to point it out, lest I "LOSE" my mind.

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The other one I hate is "irregardless". It is not a word.....the word is "regardless"

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There's a great new book out, called, "Eats Shoots, and Leaves." It's all about grammer and those of us who are fanatics.

And another one that bugs me is diNNing vs. diNing - "We had our dinner in the dinning room" - apparently the room where there's too much noise, as opposed to the dining room.
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Amen, pebbs!

I could go on and on, but the loose/lose distinction (or lack thereof!) is the one error that irks me the most, and seems to be among the most frequent.

I know that a message board does not have to be a place of perfect grammar, spelling, etc. Some slip-ups are fine. HOWEVER, when people write so poorly I cannot decipher what they are attempting to say, I find myself getting somewhat agitated. There is an edit function, friends, use it!

I also enjoy when people are attempting to be "holier than thou" and so haughty in their attitudes or opinions, yet misspell every other word. Sort of makes me scratch my head and laugh. If you cannot express your opinion above a fourth grade level, do not expect to be taken seriously.

Now, here come the claws, I'm sure!



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Thulewx -

Yes, I've noticed the "dinning room" as well. I attempt to refrain from pointing out the spelling errors of others, unless they repeatedly make them, or I have a very good reason to. I try to be tactful, but I just had to speak up about this loose/lose issue.

One time I did point out the spelling errors of another, however, was a time I had someone in a post repeatedly attacking me, calling me a "tattletale," but so egregiously misspelling it, it took me 10 minutes to figure out what they were saying. That was the only time I felt I had to point out the error of another, specific person. Generally, I try to bite my tongue (or control my fingers on the keyboard, as the case may be!), but I have just seen people writing "What happens if I loose my sign & sail card?" one too many times.

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While we are on the subject of spelling, my biggest grammer gripe is YOU & YOU'RE.

Also, THERE, THEIR & THEY'RE, but that doesn't seem to happen quite as often.

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Laurie M -

Don't forget, along with you and you're, that your is always confused in there. So simple - one is a possessive adjective, one is a contraction meaning YOU ARE. Obviously, however, I'm preaching to the choir on this post. :o)

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The one that gets me is "cabin stewart". It's stewarD.
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Its very rude to correct spelling! Maybe a book on manners could help you.
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Irregardless, you're cabin stewart might loose they're name tag in you're cabin, while your in the dinning room!

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me thinks that u wood become insane if u saw how kids message eachother online

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Oh and by the way..
Asealady .. isnt it quite rude to point out anothers rude behavior???
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cp - You are probably right!

Asealady - Thank you for pointing that out. I think my original intent was simply to let off steam about bad grammar in general, not one individual specifically. I pointed out earlier that I try never to correct anyone's grammar or spelling. The one time I did was to "help out" someone who was attempting to call me a name, but could not figure out how to spell it. I realize it was not polite to do so, and as a general rule, I refrain from doing so.

That being said, if anyone ever notices a spelling or grammar error in my posts, I welcome anyone to point out that error, so I may go back to fix it. I pride myself on proper spelling, so if an error has been made, I do not mind if someone points it out to me.



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I actually thought it was quite funny.. your message or is it massage?? HA, kidding..
I notice them too although I make my own spelling mistakes but grammer is much different.

My son, who is 12, had an assignment for school. They write their own books and the staff have them bound at the end of the year. My son wrote his entire book in that (dont know what its called) IM style of writing, with funky abreviations and what would look like misspellings all over the place.. His teacher said his was the most creative.. GO FIGURE!!!
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Again as at all the other threads of this nature....
I always say...If your Grammer is bad...
Probably, so is your ........wait...wait...
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Very nice, cap'nkruzer, very nice. :o)

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Asealady: It's "it's", not its.
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I'm with you Jennifer. Incorrect termonology is just as rampant. For example, floor instead of deck, room instead of cabin and boat instead of ship.

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The politically correct term today is cabin attendant.
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Here is a good one from another thread!!

It was rough no madder were we were on the ship, mostly
the ship rolled alot. We looked drunk walking. Luckily way back was
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No madder...no worries!

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What gets me is people who do not place a break or paragraph in a large post and you have to read over 300 words all strung together. No commas, stops or breaks.

Their point may be valid, but I cannot read it, sorry.

A sign of the times I'm afraid that is going to increase as 'txting' becomes the norm with the young and grammar, spelling and punctuation go right out the window

Having said and read all of the above again and how they are written. I think you may have got some people thinking Jennifer!

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I no alot of poeple who simpply canot spel. some folks are gifted whilst
otthers arent. I hapeen to bea one uf those who am gifted. Lets not rub the
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The "might coulds" drive me nuts!

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Jennifer, I am practically a fanatic about spelling. I can spot a misspelling on a sign a mile away. I notice them in everything I read; it's like they jump out and grab me.

Yet for some reason, when I am typing quickly, my fingers will make spelling mistakes that I never ever would if writing with pencil and paper. Being the fanatic that I am, I almost always proofread everything I type on message boards or emails before I send them. But if I'm in a hurry I don't. Sometimes I'll later realize that I did something awful like "chews" for "choose," that any 2nd grader should be able to distinguish!!

Am I the only one who types really stupid mistakes sometimes?
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Irregardless (which really is a word and used correctly here), off whhat u r thinnking, I constently mispel wurds wwhen tiping verry fasst. Sometymes I jus loose trac oof whatt I am thinkin - mabe I might could try two tipe slouwer, butt whatt dos itt madder? I gues me mined is in the dinning rooom thinkin bout dinnerr, butt I chews to no us spelchek (sense it dont worc annyways). Their r peoples whose r worser than me, so I wil jus let youin's pic on they. I, to, hate 2 c it - specially at workin when reding writins frum my manangers.


Sorry if this gave anyone a headache. I, too, hate to see it. However, I am not perfect and make spelling mistakes in my posts. I just hope you don't think too badly of me because of it.

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Oops Jennifervail...thats what I meant....YOUR and YOU'RE. I forgot the R in YOUR..... I guess I need spell check.

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What I hate is when spellcheck tries to 'correct' my words that are spelled correctly, and replaces them with words which aren't. (Particularly annoying for those of us who aren't in the US and have all of our words Americanised, or should that be Americanized?)

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WOW....is wow a word?
this gripe might top my favorite one about the toilet paper...

no, toilet paper is still wins !
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