Posted by: episystechpubs | January 9, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Lose vs. Loose

I wish a happy, happy Thursday to you, my dear co-workers and friends. Today I have another brief tidbit from Merriam-Webster’s Top 10 Commonly Confused Words. We’re skipping to the tenth pair in this list, because this is another one of those errors that makes your Jack Henry co-workers peevish.

Lose vs. Loose

Question:

Did the speaker loose or lose his train of thought?

Answer:

Lose

How to remember it:

Think of the related words lost, loser, and loss: they all have just one "o."

Loose and lose cause confusion partly because the spelling of lose is odd: it looks like it should rhyme with nose, but instead it rhymes with shoes. Loose, on the other hand, rhymes with words you’d expect it to rhyme with: goose, caboose, moose, noose (but not, of course, choose.)

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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www.symitar.com

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