May 12th, 2004

webster

I don't want to loose[sic] you now

I understand that different people have different relationships with the language. Some people are anal-retentive spellers, and some, not so much.

One misspelling that continues to baffle me is lose/loose. This isn't the obscure apostrophe nightmare that one finds with, say the word "it". Lose, loose. Sounds different, spelled different, you have to type extra letters to misspell "lose".

I would love it if somebody could explain how this particular misspelling happens, but I suppose that the thought processes involved are so low-level that there's no hope of explanation - much like when you accidentally start typing a different word, and then you wonder what word it was that your fingers were going to type.