Monday, April 26, 2010

I Can't Stand It Anymore

Those who know me accept the fact that I am an English major at heart, if not in real life.  I can spot a typo at 50 paces and a misplaced apostrophe at 100.  I have much more respect for writers (even bloggers and people who post in forums on the net) if they use apostrophes correctly and spell accurately.  In reading one of my favorite knitting blogs just now, I was disappointed in the author (who I enjoy and generally think does a great job of keeping her grammar and spelling top notch) when she made the mistake that I seem to notice constantly lately.  (No, family, it's not putting "at" at the end of a sentence, but that annoys me, too.)

Lose vs. loose.  What is so hard about this?  Loose is when your pants are too big and fall down.  Lose is what you've done when you can't find your car keys.  You don't loose weight, you lose it (if you're lucky.) The sweater you knit is not too lose, it's too loose (assuming it's size is too large for you.) And make sure you have the right number of "o"s in too, also!

There.  I feel better now.  You eagle eyes may leave comments correcting any grammar or spelling necessary in this post.

4 comments:

A :-) said...

Oooo, in case that was me, the socks are actually "Waterloose" (all one word), not Water Loose. That's really their name :-) running to fix it now.

Cathy-Cate said...

Whew, it's NOT me!
That's a mistake I'm pretty sensitive to also.

(Or should I say 'sensitive too' just 'too' see you wince? Heh.)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking note of the matter....I agree that this is annoying (in addition to placing an apostrophe before "s"...to pluralize a word that doesn't need it...) Hey, people may call you the grammar police, but someone should say something as a reminder. Good looking out, and thanks again!

Jann said...

Laurie - we are kindred knitting spirits, but I didn't know we shared a passion for punctuation and grammar. The misused possessive ... drives me crazy. Outdoor signage with grammar and spelling errors - aaaargh!! It was the subject of a road trip photo essay a few years ago.