Word Peeves

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Reply Fri 30 Apr, 2010 02:05 pm
Emil;158487 wrote:

How on earth is one supposed to know (!) that the words are lose and loose? The first is an abomination! Compare its spelling with close, suppose, nose

Lest we forget such words as: good, food, horse, hoarse, course, coarse, tough, buff, through, threw, rain, rein, wood, would, and other such delights as the difference between wind (as in what blows) and wind (as in a method up rolling up a spool of string), and wind (as in arrive or end up in a specified state, situation, or place), wound (as in an injury), and wound (as in past and past participle of wind . . . all definitions except that of which blows).

One could end up with a sentence such as "I tried to wind wire in the wind and wound up in the hospital with a wound before I could get the wire wound which is where I worried I would wind up."

It could give you a headache if you don't mind your mind.
Reply Fri 30 Apr, 2010 05:34 pm
well I am a technical writer by trade, and I do notice such things. Those who write carelessly often think carelessly as well. I rarely respond to people who dash off poorly written sentences full of the kinds of errors that you mention. It indicates a certain indifference to quality. Great post Tick and I love that last example.

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