Posted by: Jack Henry | June 27, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Loose and Lose

Good morning! Not long ago, I made a careless mistake in the subject line of one of my Editor’s Corner articles. I used the word loose instead of lose. Of course, I did have the article edited, but I typed the subject line just before sending it out, and I obviously lost control of my fingers (and my senses).

A number of you caught the mistake (which makes me proud and a little embarrassed). So, to atone for my grammar sin, I’m writing today’s article on the often confused pair of words: loose and lose.

Loose (rhymes with moose) is an adjective meaning not rigidly fastened or securely attached.


· His pockets were full of loose change.

Lose (rhymes with shoes) is a verb meaning to part with in an unforeseen or accidental manner or to become deprived of or lacking in.


· You could lose your savings if you make a poor investment.

· A blow to the head can cause you to lose your memory.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

8985 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123 | Ph. 619.278.0432 | Ext: 765432

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