Loose and Lose - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Editors everywhere lose their minds over this one, as people use language too loosely.
Loose refers to something is too big to fit appropriately. Think of an over-sized dog collar, a screw that cannot be tightened, or baggy clothing. Used as a verb, loose means to untie, unbind, or set free.
But lose points to misplacing, dropping, or eliminating something (such as a few extra pounds). Lose also refers to falling short or suffering defeat in a conflict or competition.
Here’s a fitting example of the correct use of loose and lose.
Want a belt? If those pants are too loose, you might lose them. Maybe they weren’t loose before, but they are now, since you tightened up that loose waistline. Now cinch up that loose belt before I lose my lunch.
Have I lost you yet?
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