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What have you done with Billy!?! Give him back!

No, no, not the Milton Friedman thing. He's at least not wrong about that, not in his objection, anyway. No, it's in the way that teh intarweb has been quietly destroying the English language. And now Billy's gone over to the dark side. I can only assume his body has been taken over by aliens.

I don't know if it's because of an over reliance on spell-checkers, or because a few years ago the internet hit that critical mass that allowed stupid *and* undeducated people to participate, but now, apparently, the word "loose" officially means "to be unable to locate, or to no longer retain possession of".

It's the end of the world, I tell ya.


"Loose" is one of those I often see rather than "lose". But watch that casting stones thing - I know for a fact you have many, many typos in your articles and that's a sloppy thing, too.

Posted by Your Gal Sal at Saturday, November 18, 2006 07:28 AM

Typos, yes, and I'm sure that's all it was in Billy's case. What's happening is that the word "loose" is being used for "lose" often enough, and in some cases *consistently* enough, that it looks like some people are actually confused about the word itself - even people for whom English appears to be their native language. Typing two "o"s in a row is a difficult typo to make accidentally. Typos are usually the wrong letter, a missing letter, or transposed letters.

Billy's typo - and I can't imagine in his case it was anything but - was just a catalyst for a wider observation of something I've been noticing for a while now.

Posted by kylben at Saturday, November 18, 2006 07:55 AM

It's a very odd typo to make, for sure, but that's what it is. In this case, I have hardware assistance. It's this Honeywell keyboard, which I hunted down on eBay because I had one for many years and loved the touch of it. The old one finally died after more than ten years' service, so I acquired this one. The thing is, every now and then it throws a random double-character, which I believe has something to do with how it talks to Win2K (or vice-versa). I don't always catch them.

Posted by Billy Beck at Saturday, November 18, 2006 11:24 AM

I knew it... or maybe that's exactly what one of the pod people *would* say...


Posted by kylben at Saturday, November 18, 2006 12:45 PM

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