For the record, I am writing this post because I love you, not because I want to poke fun at anyone and certainly not because I fancy myself some Grammar Queen or something. No, I do not delight in pointing out every misspelling or improperly-used word I see.
(Gabe may beg to differ. And I probably do correct people more than I realize, but I do really try to let stuff go, because really? Who likes to be around a smarty-pants? NOT ME.)
HOWEVER, I’ve seen one particular mistake about 46 times in the past little while and felt the need to make a Public Service Announcement.
You might not believe me, but there’s actually an honest-to-goodness word in the English language spelled L-O-S-E, as in, “I hope we don’t LOSE the game,” said Olivia. I know some of you didn’t know that such a word existed, because when you want to talk about losing games, you spell it L-O-O-S-I-N-G.
In your defense, the word LOSE sure doesn’t look like it rhymes with CRUISE, but it does.
There IS a word spelled L-O-O-S-E, but it’s used to describe things like “Ava’s LOOSE tooth” or “Don’t tell Marla, but I think she has a few screws LOOSE.”
The whole LOOSE TOOTH thing is actually your key to remembering. LOOSE and TOOTH both have two O’s.
And I don’t know how to tell you to remember how to spell LOSE. Suggestions anyone?
And while we’re at it, does anyone have any other mnemonic devices to help us remember confusing grammar/spelling rules?
p.s. If it makes you feel any better, I HATE the words further and farther, because even if I’m 98% sure I’m using the right one, I still pause in anguish before I let it leave my tongue.