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Re: [opensuse] "loose"
  • From: John Andersen <jsamyth@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:22:13 -0800
  • Message-id: <4B301135.9070007@xxxxxxxxx>
On 12/21/2009 4:12 PM, Doug McGarrett wrote:
Hello all--

This is intended to be a tutorial, not a spanking.
Many folks have spelling troubles, especially foreigners.

There are two words in the English language that are
similar in spelling, but different in meaning. Many
writers to the 'net seem to have a problem with these
words. (Not just here!)

"Loose" means not tied up, like a woman's hair without
a ribbon, or a dog without a chain, or a horse in a
paddock. The "s" is sibilant, like "ss."

"Lose" means to not have anymore, due to some accident. You could lose
your keys, your change,
or, for a computer glitch, your code. In this case,
the "s" is pronounced like a "z."

The vowel(s) must be pronounced like a long double-o sound, in either case.

Hope this helps. --doug

Thanks Doug.

Now If that we've all got spell checkers working, it would be really nice
if there was a meaning checker.

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