I am a stickler for correct English. (And while I say that, I will no doubt have some mistake in this blog entry that will make me eat my words.)
Lately, I’ve been receiving emails and reading blogs and comments that have been driving me mad. People are confusing the two words lose and loose. So here it is, explained simply:
Lose is the opposite of win. It means deprivation or failure. It is a verb. It is an action. It is pronounced “looz”.
Loud noises make me lose my mind.
It’s not how you play the game, it’s if you win or lose.
Try to remember that when you LOSE something, you have nothing – as in ZERO.
So it’s: LOSE = ZERO (one “o”)
When you are talking about a LOSER – a noun – it is still with one “o”. It it pronounced “looz-er”. A LOSER is generally a person considered to be a ZERO.
When I was single, I dated my share of losers.
Loose is the opposite of tight. It means detached or not tightly fit. It is an adjective. It is pronounced the way it’s spelled, with the “s” sound instead of “z”.
Try to stay away from people with loose screws.
My old jeans were too loose after I lost weight.
LOOSER is still pronounced with an “s” sound. It is still an adjective, but it means “more detached” than before.
My jeans are looser now than they were last year.
In order for the wheel to turn, the screws must be looser.
A good way to remember these tricks is with little sayings, like LOOSE as a GOOSE. Or LOOSE BOOBS.
Try reading this:
A loose woman is sitting on the shoulders of an unshaven loser at a concert. She reaches under her loose half-shirt, loses her bra and throws it on stage. When she lifts her shirt for the band, her loose boobs are exposed. Now all of the losers in loose pants have gathered to watch for another free show, figuring they have nothing to lose. In a drunken stupor, the loser she is with trips over his loose shoelace and loses his balance. They both tumble to the floor, losing their beers and the last of whatever loose dignity they have left.