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lose vs. loose

I'm just saying.....

lose = To rid oneself of: lost five pounds.

loose = Not fastened, restrained, or contained: loose bricks.
= Not taut, fixed, or rigid: a loose anchor line; a loose chair leg.
= Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered: criminals loose in the neighborhood; dogs that are loose on the streets.
= Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted: loose shoes.
= Not bound, bundled, stapled, or gathered together: loose papers.
= Not compact or dense in arrangement or structure: loose gravel.
= Lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; idle: loose talk.
= Not formal; relaxed: a loose atmosphere at the club.
= Lacking conventional moral restraint in sexual behavior.
= Not literal or exact: a loose translation.
= Characterized by a free movement of fluids in the body: a loose cough; loose bowels

Thu. Jun 2, 3:18pm

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I'm so glad someone finally said this. Thanks.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 3:47 PM

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Thank you. I did not want to be rude, but boy was this driving me nuts in my group.

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 3:47 PM

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god, how embarrassing! thanks for the tip. i would have gone on and on and on like that.....

Thursday, June 02, 2005, 4:41 PM

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I'd love to lose some weight and find that all my clothes are loose!!! ;)

Friday, June 03, 2005, 8:56 AM

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lighten up! what's an extra O here and there?

I suspect most people do know the difference between lose, loose, and loser.-

Most of us are busy at work and just want some help not to be ridiculed for not using spellcheck.

You know what people mean so just lighten up, have a chuckle and move on.

Friday, June 03, 2005, 10:26 AM

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"I'm just saying" you know, it means "fyi, just to let you know in case you didn't realize" and obviously from the comments above yours, it bothered some and some didn't know.

Spell check won't pick up the difference between lose and loose anyway.
I have no problem with obvious typos or lack of capitalization. We all know those are "I am busy, at work, in a hurry, etc" issues.

Friday, June 03, 2005, 11:23 AM

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I really don't think the orginal poster meant it as a slight; she just meant to point it out. My husband pointed out something the other day and I'm really thankful. I can't believe how many years I said the word coiffed like "coyffd" instead of "cwaffed".

Friday, June 03, 2005, 3:57 PM

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Thanks! I had no idea. I've been doing this for 28 years!

I wonder what else I do this with.

Thursday, July 21, 2005, 7:38 AM

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I just learned the real pronunciation to this word!! I pronounced just like you did!! LOL

Thursday, July 21, 2005, 9:34 AM

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actually you can pronounce it both ways...although, I think coyffed is more common

here's a good common mistake that's slightly related-

some say "I could care less" when they really mean "I couldn't care less" because they could not possibly care less than they actually do...

Friday, July 22, 2005, 4:30 PM

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