Loose vs Lose (was RE: [Mono-devel-list] Writing assembly)
ChrisD at monkey.biz
Thu Feb 12 16:32:06 EST 2004
It was not mean as a go at you per se, just a comment in the general
(mis)usage of these words that I have seen all too often. Obviously
some people make a typo, or have a sticky keyboard...it was just a
Sorry if my comments offended :)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Maurer [mailto:bmaurer at users.sourceforge.net]
> Sent: Friday, 13 February 2004 8:14 AM
> To: Chris Day
> Cc: Mono Development
> Subject: Re: Loose vs Lose (was RE: [Mono-devel-list] Writing
> Actually, I know quite well the difference.
> The main issue is that I was writing this at school, which
> has keyboards that are pretty sticky (think, many people use
> the computer after lunch :-).
> -- Ben
> On Thu, 2004-02-12 at 15:40, Chris Day wrote:
> > This is not meant to be a criticism of Ben personally, but
> I see this
> > so often that someone must be teaching this somewhere or it
> has been
> > ingrained from other people constantly using it, especially on
> > Slashdot. Frankly I am about to _lose_ it!
> > There seems a tendency for people to mix up _lose_ and
> _loose_, which
> > mean completely different things. Normally, since English as a
> > language is quite _loose_, I can usually forgive this,
> especially on
> > the internet as English is not everyone's first language.
> However, for
> > (I assume) quite intelligent people, getting this wrong
> should not be
> > a daily occurrence!
> > Thank you for reading if you have got this far and go nuts on my
> > grammar if you wish since I'm being a word nazi! :))
> > Cheers,
> > Chris
> > Meanings taken from dictionary.com
> > 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.
> > Lose -
> > To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay: He's always
> > losing his car keys.
> > To be deprived of (something one has had): lost her art
> collection in
> > the fire; lost her job. To be left alone or desolate because of the
> > death of: lost his wife. To be unable to keep alive: a
> doctor who has
> > lost very few patients. To be unable to keep control or
> allegiance of:
> > lost his temper at the meeting; is losing supporters by
> changing his
> > mind. To fail to win; fail in: lost the game; lost the court case.
> > To fail to use or take advantage of: Don't lose a chance to
> improve your
> > position.
> > To fail to hear, see, or understand: We lost the plane in the fog. I
> > lost her when she started speaking about thermodynamics.
> > To let (oneself) become unable to find the way.
> > To remove (oneself), as from everyday reality into a fantasy world.
> > To rid oneself of: lost five pounds.
> > To consume aimlessly; waste: lost a week in idle occupations.
> > To wander from or become ignorant of: lose one's way.
> > To elude or outdistance: lost their pursuers.
> > To be outdistanced by: chased the thieves but lost them.
> > To become slow by (a specified amount of time). Used of a
> > To cause or result in the loss of: Failure to reply to the
> > lost her the job.
> > To cause to be destroyed. Usually used in the passive: Both
> planes were
> > lost in the crash.
> > To cause to be damned.
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Ben Maurer [mailto:05mauben at hawken.edu]
> > > Sent: Friday, 13 February 2004 4:15 AM
> > > To: mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com;
> eric.durand-tremblay.1 at ulaval.ca
> > > Subject: Re: [Mono-devel-list] Writing assembly
> > snip
> > > testing of how fast your compiler is. Not a big deal, but if
> > > you dont have to loose it you should not.
> > snip
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