r/TooAfraidToAsk May 26 '22

When and why have many people started spelling the word 'lose' as loose? Other

177 Upvotes

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u/Ray_Kramer May 26 '22

Add "women" used in the singular case and in the car-guy world, "breaks" instead of "brakes".

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u/Aware-Duck3928 May 26 '22

These drive me insane!! What the hell! Or when someone says womens!

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u/theGregofGregs May 27 '22

I need to pee. I'm going to go to the women room.

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u/Aware-Duck3928 May 27 '22

You sonofabitch. You got me.

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u/Bisexual_Ankles May 27 '22

Well technically it would be women’s room, so not really the same. Still funny though.

4

u/baptizedinpoison May 27 '22

If it's a single person, gendered bathroom, you could argue this.

I'm about to start calling my bathroom the mansroom.

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u/SouthEndCables May 27 '22

It would be woman room

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u/theGregofGregs May 27 '22

I need to pee. I'm going to go to the man room.

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u/Pikassassin May 27 '22

"peak" instead of "peek". Grinds my damn gears.

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u/MissionCreep May 27 '22

Add pique to that list for even more fun.

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u/Ddan902 May 27 '22

There’s this girl i know and she genuinely spells break like brake and I’m like HOLD THE MFIN BRAKES RN

2

u/Axelluu May 27 '22

I know a guy who says rune as ruin, keeps saying ruin for the runes in elden ring

2

u/Ddan902 May 27 '22

How my man got it perfectly opposite 😭 that’s impressive

1

u/sugarplumbuttfluck May 27 '22

Encountered rough versus ruff today.

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u/elucify May 27 '22

I'm going take a peak at that.

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u/Cantbetoobad1953 May 26 '22

Lotsa that going on: your, you're, yore. it's its, blah blah blah

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u/Marieeline May 26 '22

should of

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u/Throwaway_Help189 May 26 '22

Oh God that made me twinge.

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u/Dr_Chemiramen May 26 '22

This is confusing af to us non-native English speakers.

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u/Liberally_applied May 27 '22

And yet non-native speakers definitely get it right way more than many native English speakers. It’s sad.

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u/EmptyVisage May 27 '22

You don't have to be smart to learn one language. You have to be at least semi-intellegent to learn multiple, especially as an adult.

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u/Axinitra May 27 '22

Think of how it sounds without the 'should/could/might' etc. and it should become clearer:

I have done it. vs I should have done it.

It makes no sense to say 'I of done it'.

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u/Dr_Chemiramen May 27 '22

I mean, once you learn is a common mistake with people thinking phonetically, it's fine. But it took me some time to understand it, I thought it was a phrasal verb or something. I guess due to my perception of phonems, "have" and "of" sound too apart to be mistaken.

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u/KingOfTSB May 26 '22

Should of would of could of

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u/Gerrent95 May 26 '22

I understand homonyms like your you're. I'll frequently skip the ' because its annoying to use on phone. I don't like it for lose/loose since that creates a completely different sound and in verbal communication meaning.

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u/AdrianW3 May 27 '22

I'll frequently skip the ' because its annoying to use on phone

But autocorrect on a phone will insert the apostrophe anyway, assuming you're at least using the correct letters.

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u/Gerrent95 May 27 '22

Seems you're right. Could've sworn there was a point when my phone wasn't doing that.

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u/Angry-Dragon-1331 May 27 '22

Early 2000’s before smart phones. I used to have to do that while riding my dinosaur to school. On special occasions my mom let me borrow the pterodactyl.

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u/elucify May 27 '22

I hate that more then anything

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u/Quietbreaker May 26 '22

It was around the same time as enough people kept misspelling "definitely" as "defiantly", and other idiots ran with it.

"I am definitetely going to see that new Dr. Strange movie!" Sweet! Save me a seat!

"I am defiantly going to see that new Dr. Strange movie!" Uhhhh....ok, nobody's stopping you, bro!

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u/MrBinkie May 26 '22

That one real sucks no matter how i try to spell it auto correct always tells me the word i want is definitely , i usually just give up

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u/Liberally_applied May 27 '22

Just as you gave up on capitalizing “I”? (Couldn’t resist.)

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u/MrBinkie May 28 '22

LOL yer it seems so

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u/Sunshine-Day5535 May 26 '22

Also, the same time people started using quite and quiet interchangeably. I get incensed every time I see this nonsense.

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u/AnyKindheartedness88 May 26 '22

I kind of love the misuse of defiantly, though. Reading someone say they defiantly did something always makes me giggle.

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u/[deleted] May 27 '22

You little rebel, you.

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u/im_jay_kay May 26 '22

Because auto correct probably thinks both are fine as they’re both words and many people use auto correct as a crutch for spelling so if it didn’t change it then they probably think it’s fine.

I’ve noticed even myself that I occasionally misspell words I wouldn’t otherwise because of auto correct.

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u/-technosapien- May 27 '22

autocorrect seems pretty terrible at choosing the right "their" sometimes, especially if I fat thumb a letter and force it to choose

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u/randomacceptablename May 27 '22 edited May 27 '22

I purposely turned off autocorrect on all my devices over a decade ago when I realized my spelling was getting worse. I've never looked back. If I hesitate, I would simply look up what I needed online. The act of typing it out, correctly, does stave off dementia. At least it has so far.

Additionally, at university all my professors had a policy of returning a paper without a mark in which they found any spelling or grammer mistakes (including American spelling instead of Canadian). They refused to grade it without at least that effort from students. It was tough but we quickly learned to tripple proof read our work before submitting it.

Edit: It figures, I had to correct spelling, grammer, and punctuation. The fates are cruel today. Now that I've undermined my point; I will go be one with my shame.

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u/Wonderful_Net_8830 May 26 '22

Because the vowel sound in lose is, in other English words, often spelled as oo instead. There are very few English words that used o to represent said sound. Since the spelling loose is already used for another word, people conflate the two.

When it comes to language (and other things), people prefer to go with what's easiest for them. For other languages, people (usually) don't need to worry about how to spell a word correctly – they can be as lazy and ignorant as they like because it will probably end up being the correct spelling anyway.

The real thing to ask is "Why do we need to spell the word 'lose' in an illogical way?"

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u/MissionCreep May 27 '22

I suppose "looze" would be the logical spelling.

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u/elucify May 27 '22

Or looz. Which looks stupid, so it kinda works. LOOZ would work the same way REKT does.

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u/Bacon_Hunter May 26 '22

About the same time they started using "sale" and "sell" interchangeably.

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u/SSoLonelyWolfie May 26 '22

Or then and than, one of the worst

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u/Bettersaids May 26 '22

It’s gotten so common that I’m almost convinced “addicting” is a real word.

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u/Bacon_Hunter May 26 '22

I am still trying to adjust folks saying something was "lighted" rather than what I grew up: The candle was "lit".

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u/KingArthursRevenge May 26 '22

lighted

/ˈlīdəd/

Learn to pronounce

adjective

1.

provided with light or lighting; illuminated.

"lighted tennis courts"

2.

having been ignited; burning.

"a lighted candle"

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u/Bettersaids May 26 '22

Oh man… I’m going to join the resistance on that one.

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u/Bacon_Hunter May 26 '22

On a bit of a tangent, but It raises my hackles as much as "cooked to perfection".

About a decade ago I first heard it in one of those fake interview commercials for a local restaurant. The "Interviewer" asked the restaurant owner makes his steaks so much better than others, what was his secret? His answer:
"Well I cook them to perfection"

Wanted to reach through the speaker and strangle the guy. Now I hear that ALL the time.

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u/KingArthursRevenge May 26 '22

That's all you. There's nothing wrong with that turn of phrase. A person saying that is simply conveying the thought that they cook the food until it reaches what they believe is a state of perfection.

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u/Bacon_Hunter May 27 '22

When you eat someone's cooking and you ask them what makes it so good, you do not feel like strangling them when they proudly proclaim that it is because they cook it to perfection?

I mean it's like:
What is the secret to your awesome ribs?

My secret is that I cook them to awesomeness!

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u/horsetooth_mcgee May 26 '22

What's wrong with that phrase?

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u/Bacon_Hunter May 27 '22

It is a meaningless nothingburger (cooked to perfection)

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u/horsetooth_mcgee May 27 '22

It isn't though. It describes it.

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u/Liberally_applied May 27 '22

The candle was lit by a person. However, the candle itself is a lighted candle.

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u/maine_coon2123 May 26 '22

Wait.. It isn’t? What about if I say “Reese’s are so addicting.”

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u/blijdschap May 26 '22

Addicting is a verb, the adjective you are looking for is addictive.

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u/maine_coon2123 May 26 '22

Interesting, thank you

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u/Bettersaids May 26 '22

I guess it is a real word, but not for how people usually use it.

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u/maine_coon2123 May 26 '22

And I hear it used that way all the time, well TIL

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u/Firefly1832 May 26 '22

It is hard to think of sentences where "addicting" is actually the better word compared to "addictive." Even where, grammatically, addicting could (or possibly should) be used, addictive still normally sounds better and more appropriate.

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u/Left-Acanthisitta267 May 26 '22

Nah, I thing it was when they started using "noone" instead of "no one."

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u/AnUnoriginalUserID May 27 '22

When people use "thing" instead of "think."

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u/DOCTOR-MISTER May 27 '22

It bothers me alot

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u/An_Ony_mous_ May 26 '22

Or suit and suite. Or console and council.

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u/YesterShill May 26 '22

I blame AWOLNATION.

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u/[deleted] May 27 '22

But .. that would be sail?

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u/KingArthursRevenge May 26 '22

That is the one that really botheres me. Mostly I don't see them use it interchangeably I see people exclusively using sell in the place the word sale and vice versa. As in " I'm going sale my car." & "The store is having a big sell." The people I see do this almost never seem to use the words correctly.

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u/AffectionateAd5373 May 27 '22

Invite instead of invitation.

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u/pyradiesel May 27 '22

I FUCKING HATE THIS! I can overlook most other errors with maybe an eye twitch or something but this one makes me wanna flip tables whenever I see it. And it's all over social media: "OMG having a yard sell this weekend!!!" Bullshit. Arrrgh!

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u/Bacon_Hunter May 27 '22

And it's all over social media: "OMG having a yard sell this weekend!!!" Bullshit. Arrrgh!

How else would you sale things?

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u/pyradiesel May 27 '22

It's yard SALE. "Sell" is past tense, as in you already sold stuff. Sale is present/future tense. That's why stores don't have Memorial Day "sells" going on now.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

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u/KingArthursRevenge May 26 '22

They are synonyms, so there's that ......

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u/IGotFancyPants May 26 '22

Probably when professional editors stopped being the guardians of the language. Before the internet, most things published went past an editor who caught mistakes. We’re on our own now.

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u/SouthEndCables May 27 '22

How I explain is to "lose" the second O and you'll spell lose and not loose.

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u/Kentucky_Supreme May 26 '22

They're just dumb. I see the words "women" and "woman" mixed up all the damn time on here lol.

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u/amretardmonke May 26 '22

I am a intelligent women.

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u/antictrash May 26 '22

Because I’m stupid.

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u/Tbirde33 May 26 '22

Because very few people know how to spell correctly, and no one but us 'grammar police' seem to care.

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u/VexBoxx May 26 '22

One of my biggest pet peeves.

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u/Dio_Yuji May 26 '22

Same time and reason “should’ve” became “should of”

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u/Throwaway_Help189 May 26 '22

Rouge Angles of Satin - people using words that sound close and are "correct" in spelling, just not in that context.

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u/RickyDee61 May 26 '22

But let me axe you this......

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u/AffectionateAd5373 May 27 '22

People don't read like they used to. And when they do read, it's probably websites with questionable spelling.

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u/Earth_Form May 26 '22

No idea but it's rather obnoxious. I actually pointed out to a friend that I know that she used the word choose instead of chose on the back of the book that she wrote and published, and she literally brushed it off.

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u/01162015 May 26 '22

Right after they started writing 'does' as 'dose'

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u/OP1KenOP May 26 '22

They always have, just that these days we communicate a lot more by text than speech.. so it's more obvious.

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u/Aqqusin May 26 '22

And led as lead, too. Ignorance.

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u/SLee41216 May 26 '22

Around the same time people stopped putting the letter d at the end of And. Drives me nuts.

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u/AffectionateAd5373 May 27 '22

Apostrophes used to create a plural make me want to bash my head repeatedly into a wall.

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u/anon22334 May 27 '22

In middle school we all wrote our names down on a separate piece of paper and we all had to go around to write down an adjective for the person on the paper. I got a lot of “QUITE” when they wanted to write Quiet. Weird

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u/sakzeroone May 26 '22

Because the American educational system is broken

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u/nuggetbomber May 26 '22

And yet one of the things I got from it was pretty good grammar. It’s not hard

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u/pcetcedce May 26 '22

Right, it isn't that hard. It is laziness.

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u/nuggetbomber May 26 '22

“Would of”

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u/MrBinkie May 26 '22

I love how people think just coz its easy for them everyone else must be lazy coz they struggle with spelling and grammar

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u/amretardmonke May 26 '22

*pretty well grammar

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u/nuggetbomber May 26 '22

You were doing so good

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u/asinine17 28d ago

Betterer grammer.

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u/elucify May 26 '22

Grammar's not too hard. Spelling is a nightmare, unless it comes naturally to you for some reason.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

loose is the British spelling of lose

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u/Hotmailet May 26 '22

How do they spell the word that describes something that should be tight but isn’t?

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

Ignorance of grammar I would imagine?

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u/ZardozSama May 26 '22

Typing on mobile and autocorrect most likely.

END COMMUNICATION

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u/nebulosaverde May 26 '22

Bc English makes no sense. Wth is the English pronunciation? How the fuck do you all know how the words are written if their pronunciations are extremely weird???? For example, Yosemite, why is ut pronounced "Yo-se-mee-tee"?? I personally don't mistake loose and lose but i understand why some people do. (I'm not a native English speaker, just for clarification)

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u/Wonderful_Net_8830 May 26 '22

It's not the pronunciations that are weird, it's the spellings that are.

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u/BlockSizedBrain May 27 '22

Moreso it's the link between the two: it just makes no sense. English is not phonetically consistent in the slightest and that does make it harder to learn. No idea why native speakers make such mistakes though.

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u/Wonderful_Net_8830 May 27 '22

They make those mistakes because English spelling is hard to learn. Being a native speaker of a language does not mean you will remember how every single word is spelled.

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u/HeartPalpitations46 May 26 '22

Some may have english as their second language. For others, it's the same reasons they misuse their they're there. They didn't bother to pay attention in school, they went to a shitty school, but also did not bother to educate themselves as they became adults. How they aren't embarrassed is shocking

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u/Voluptuous-Granny May 26 '22

They are morons that don't know how to spell. Same with the idiots that mixup they're their and there

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u/blynn1579 May 26 '22

I noticed shortly after high school people starting saying "she's a scary cat" instead of "scaredy cat" (and things like that, basically using scary instead of scaredy) and it really gets under my skin. Totally changes the context. My mom got her degree in English and I was raised in a house that really prioritized proper grammar, spelling, etc.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

Have you ever seen Idiocracy?

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u/DorkHonor May 27 '22

Is that the political documentary with Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph?

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u/Anthropoligize May 26 '22

It’s an indictment of the public school system

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u/FiddleOfGold May 26 '22

Weather and whether ....they either don't know the difference, don't know how to spell, or just don't care

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u/OpethJewel May 27 '22

Ignorance, laziness.

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u/ThroatSecretary May 27 '22

Reign/rein. You rein something in, like controlling a horse; you don't reign it in.

I've also noticed a huge uptick in people using "threw" to mean "through", as in "We ran threw the snow" -- NO.

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u/GenesisNoelle May 27 '22

Add "stood" in place of "stayed"..

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u/pogo0004 May 27 '22

fucking annoying. also someone yesterday complaining about "Kerb" being replaced by "curb" is a thing

2

u/HokieNerd May 27 '22

Always, ignorance, are the answers to your questions.

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u/MissionCreep May 27 '22

I have a list of over 20 words I see often confused or misapplied on reddit. I've been here too long.

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u/The_GILF_Next_Door May 26 '22

They got nothing to loose

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u/Xadji_Murat May 26 '22

Descriptivists, am i right

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u/SIickestRick May 26 '22

They’re dumb plebs

Also goes for definitely spelt as “defiantly”

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u/spiralsideways May 26 '22

No, no - there dumb plebes

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u/mollymcbbbbbb May 26 '22

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! That’s the absolute worst one! Haven’t seen it too often lately but my god that one kills my soul.

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u/irjakr May 26 '22

There are a lot of not native english speakers on the internet, and it's fine.

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u/amretardmonke May 26 '22

Generally I find that non-native English speakers might have trouble with pronunciation, sentence structure, and context, but have good vocabulary and spelling.

"Loose" instead of "lose", "would of", "a women" is most likely written by a native English speaker.

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u/amretardmonke May 26 '22

The US education system has been dropping standards. Not surprising that this results in illiteracy.

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u/simian_ninja May 27 '22

The same reason they confuse “then” and “than” - they’re illiterate.

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u/Aggravating_Laugh947 May 26 '22

Uhh what?

But they have different meanings I mean.....

Okay it's pointless to even say this bc apparently people use there and their interchangeably

Maybe it is something new that I was not aware about thank you for this new information.

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u/External_Mechanic432 May 26 '22

both words exist I think one is american one is English not sure

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u/Konabearsadog May 26 '22

American is not a language. We speak English too. There are certain spellings that are different if you are from England (or Ireland, Australia etc). Both loose and lose are English words (used in all English speaking countries) and with very different meanings.

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u/Lurkingscorpion14 May 26 '22

Read,reed,read,red. Lead,lead,led,etc. English is fun

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u/MrBinkie May 26 '22

You left out Reid

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u/Pedarogue May 26 '22

From a standpoint of a foreigner desparately and against better knowledge trying to make sense of the nonsnsical English spelling:

choose

moose

goose

loose lose

There's also the adjective "loose" but that is, in my experience, used way less than, well, lose.

See?

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u/Tetzhu May 26 '22

Auto complete allows functionally illiterate people the ability to type

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u/AccountantUnusual639 May 26 '22

They not have a good ejudumcation..

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u/aljerv May 26 '22

Lack of education and/or care

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u/NoPhilosopher2768 May 26 '22

Drives me fekkin insane!!

Lose/loose Advice/Advise

Two that I see everyday, multiple times a day.

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u/NaantjeBa May 26 '22

It was September 24, 2009. Reason: unknown.

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u/2020isnotperfect May 26 '22

I see more 'to' as too.

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u/beans3710 May 26 '22

They know what they mean

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u/incredibleflipflop May 26 '22

Because I’m not a native speaker and until quite recently was made aware of the difference

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u/overlord_aliya May 26 '22

Those are both words??

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u/KingArthursRevenge May 26 '22

Because people can't spell.

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u/watch_over_me May 26 '22

I can confirm this happened in the AOL days.

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u/Translationerr0r May 26 '22

Because they have loose grammar ethics?

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u/elucify May 26 '22

Because hose, nose, pose, rose, etc. And hoop, loop, scoop, droop, etc.

BUT noose, moose, goose are not nooz, mooz, gooz so why should "loose" be "looz"?

Therefore, subliterates.

However, choose vs. chose, but dose and does; loos (English toilets), book, door, blood, noone, bootes (obscure), zoo vs. zoologist; and then shoes, croup, loupe, loop, ruse, booze; obtuse, truce, deuce, house (thing) vs. house (verb).

IOW English spelling is a fecal hurricane so give them a break. I guess.

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u/Special_Engineer9003 May 26 '22

Bawl does not equal ball 😀

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u/ExcitedGirl May 26 '22

I don't got no idea why they do's that...

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u/Such_Championship939 May 26 '22

They are uneducated.

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u/BleedGreen131824 May 26 '22

Becaus there dumbies…. jk

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u/liquidRox May 26 '22

People also can’t use “women” correctly for some reason. Like they keep using it like in the singular form “woman”.

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u/MrBinkie May 26 '22

For me is was about 1973 , that was about the time I suppose to be able to get words like that right ,

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u/jphoeke May 26 '22

there, they're, their now.

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u/AnyKindheartedness88 May 26 '22

While we’re on the topic, women is a plural, the singular word is woman.

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u/melvilleismycopilot May 26 '22

Its defiantly not that they don’t now any better.

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u/InternalMovie May 26 '22

The same time they used nobel and noble or tell and tail

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u/PokeSallyDanny May 26 '22

Because thay dont no how two spell.

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u/SMKnightly May 26 '22

Because we rely so heavily on technology to remember things for us that our brains stopped bothering to retain stuff like that? And technology can’t differentiate between the two because it’s better at checking whether words are real than whether they’re used correctly.

That’s my best guess, and, unfortunately, a guess is all I have to offer.

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u/livingfortheliquid May 26 '22

I do it because I'm dyslexic. I try but miss spelling sometimes.

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u/kindquail502 May 26 '22

The word "fewer" is disappearing by the day. I hear less misused every day

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u/ygzk1527 May 26 '22

It's been going on for many years, possibly forever. I think it was probably happening long before online communication came into existence, that's just when it became noticeable.

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u/likatika May 26 '22

Apart - a part of

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u/ignitedwolf9200 May 27 '22

Education system sucks

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u/piscesbbyyy May 27 '22

and “jiggle” as “giggle” ???

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u/dxtos May 27 '22

You mean luse.

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u/KrazyNiko May 27 '22

Man on my FB feed i see tons of people using the word “dose” instead of “does”. Like no your not talking about the dose of medicine silly.

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u/RingGiver May 27 '22

All I can tell you is that over the past year or so of updates, autocorrect on my Android devices' default keyboards has gotten much more aggressive and usually results in correctly-spelled words becoming the incorrect word.

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u/AdrianW3 May 27 '22

How many decades since "bring" started to be used instead of "take"?

That one annoys the hell out of me, but virtually no one else even notices.

e.g. It's not "I'm going to bring the dog to the park", it should be "I'm going to take the dog to the park" (unless you're talking on the phone to someone already at the park).

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u/Bubbly_Phrase2510 May 27 '22

Gradually over time because of poor education.

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u/Clownheadwhale May 27 '22

When someone uses "there" for "their" I try to correct it by inserting "that". Example: Are we using there car? Change it to; Are we using that there car? Now, even though it sounds like a hillbilly, it's spelled correctly.

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u/[deleted] May 27 '22

Cuz are education system is failing us. 😉

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u/elleJeyLay May 27 '22

I see it now more than ever. Good question.

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u/Euphoric_Su May 27 '22

Reason maybe used as expression of the word like High Class accent' (Who cares plenty of changes in data

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u/AbinadiLDS May 27 '22

Maybe they have a looser understanding on spelling and rather than losing the chance to articulate themselves they are ok if they lose the spelling bee.

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u/JlTlS May 27 '22

Probably when they started spending time on social media. Auto correct is no help

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u/sodium_geeK May 27 '22

I’ll add breath and breathe to the list. You take a breath and you breathe in. Very common error these days that I’ve even seen in official documentation before.

Grammatically the phrase “how it looks like” is the one that boils my piss the most though, and yes I am aware that it’s common with non-native English speakers, but the volume of native speakers I’ve seen fuck it up is still high.

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u/lambdadance May 27 '22

Usually people where English is a foreign language do that. Words like goose don't help....

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u/CaptainBaconMan May 27 '22

I'm shocked I don't see more people talking about how everyone seems to spell "no one" as "noone" now

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u/RedbeardRagnar May 27 '22

This is the one that annoys me more than your you're or they're their there.

At least the ones above sound similar when you say it.

Lose and Loose are completely different.

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u/cavemanfitz May 27 '22

People who say weary instead of wary.

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u/cavemanfitz May 27 '22

Or worse, leery. What the fuck is leery?

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u/Gay_dinosaurs May 27 '22

"Breath" and "Breathe" being used like they're interchangable really irks me (I see this a lot in fanworks and with young authors, even those who have English as their native language).

Breath is the air you take in and put out. When you breathe, you are performing the action required to produce breath.

"Shutter" and "Shudder" are also swapped around. Shuddering is when the body shakes (oft used in place of shiver, like when a subject is distressed). Shuttering can mean the (permanent) closing of a shop, is a term used in construction, and can be a synonym for window blinds.

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u/[deleted] May 26 '22

it’s the british spelling. how am I the first person to point this out?

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u/Second_soul May 26 '22

It's not. Loose means "not tight" in both American and British English.

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u/Marieeline May 26 '22

Waiiiit… Lose is not to find something anymore and loose is like baggy clothes?

Not native here. Sorry for asking

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u/Second_soul May 26 '22

You're right. When you lose something, you can't find it. When something is loose, it means it doesn't fit firmly or it's too big, like loose clothes.

Opposite of lose = find or regain

Opposite of loose = tight

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u/Pedarogue May 26 '22

loose is like baggy clothes

Also as verb

he loosed his fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword.

loosed =/= lost

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u/Adventurous_Leek9801 May 27 '22

They haven't...what an idiotic post...