Lose Or Loose?

Gone Or Slack?

I was reading an online article today and noticed in the comments the mis-use of the word 'loose'. I've noticed it before, particularly among Americans. Not wishing to join the grammar police, but here are a couple of pointers.

The two words though close have quite different meanings. Its easy to see how they could be confused.

Loose means unrestrained, unbound, slack or not tight.

Lose means to lose possession, to be deprived or to be without.

Think of the word 'loser', it has a single 'o' in the word. Lop off the 'r' at the end and you have 'lose'.

Here's the dictionary meaning of each:



Self explanatory I guess.

Done!