I would like to take a moment to talk to you about the difference between loose and lose.
You lose your coat. You lose your keys. You lose your mind. If you can’t figure that out, you have a few screws loose.
A woman who has a lot of sex may be considered loose, but not necessarily a loser, unless her vajayjay was made looser by sex with horses.
Got it? Good.
Those lose/loose can almost be forgiven in writing. Chalk it up to a typo. I am OK (and okay) with that. However, there is no excuse for poor diction, not knowing the proper pronunciation of a word, or even using words that don’t exist.
My top 10 pet peeves when it comes to the English language, in no particular order:
1. It is DUCT tape, not duck tape.
2. You ASK questions, not axe them.
3. You go to the LIBRARY, not the liebarry.
4. Irregardless is not a word, REGARDLESS of what anyone says.
5. There is no such place as “the Artic Circle”, at least not on the globe. What a fun name for an art supply store! It’s ARCTIC. Pronounce that first C, please.
6. HEIGHT does not end in “th”. You measure the width, the depth and the HEIGHT, not the “heighth”.
7. Any word that starts with ES that you erroneously pronounce “EX”, bothers me. You don’t “excape” the bad guys, you ESCAPE them, ESPECIALLY if they are “expecially” scary looking. Now please get me some ESPRESSO, “express-o”! ET CETERA. (Abbreviated etc. not ect. or exct.)
8. A mute point is when a person who can’t or doesn’t speak, points instead. Whether they can’t speak or don’t speak is a moot point in this example.
9. Nucular. Sigh Say it with me, “New-clee-ur” as denoted by the spelling “nuclear”.
10. The T in “OFTEN” is silent. Write it, but don’t speak it.
**I learned this one today. I have been schooled.
“My son is the spitting image of me.” Really? So, there’s a picture of you and it spits and you call that your son? No. He’s the SPIT AND IMAGE or just the SPIT IMAGE. Pick one. Don’t believe me? Look it up.
This blog, “for all intensive purposes” is now complete. It is also complete for ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES.
What error in pronunciation (note: not “pronounciation”) gets you all fired up?