[LMB] OT: More words that I HATE!!

Margaret Dean margdean56 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 22:56:02 BST 2020


On Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 2:19 PM Fred <fred.fredex at gmail.com> wrote:

> I wouldn't have thought of loose and lose as homonyns either, though I have
> to admit they're close.  one has a hard S, the other one's sounds like a z
> (or a zed, for some of you).
>

You're right, "loose" and "lose" are not homophones, and people don't
normally mix them up *in speech*. It's in written language that they tend
to change places.

I'm reminded of another common error, though: writing "lead" [short E] (as
in the metal) for "led" as the past tense of "lead" [long E].


--Margaret Dean
  <margdean56 at gmail.com>


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