The Difference Between Lose and Loose is my pet peeve: People who profess to be experts in weight loss but they say “weight loose.” OMG, it about kills me.
Here’s an easy way to remember. You lose something, your pants are loose. I mean, really now. That’s a big difference and were talking just a basic word, not rocket science. If you can’t seem to remember, use “lose” because how often are you talking about your pants anyway?
Lose has one O. You lose weight.
Loose has two Os. Your rings are loose, but they aren’t lose because that makes no sense. Phonetically loose is the “ew” sound, “Ew! They killed that rat right in the street!” Say it with me now, “L o o s e.” Loose rhymes with goose and moose and that’s about all I can think of right now.
Lose has one O. You only want to lose one O, and you end up with lose. Neat and tidy. I want to lose that extra O, so I say, “I want to lose weight without gaining it back.” What do you say? Can you just ditch that extra O?
Say it with me, “I lose weight.” Lose, lose, lose. It’s the “OU” sound, as in Lou’s. Oh, crap! There’s another way to spell it. English sucks sometimes.
Lose: lose weight
Loose: loose pants, loose rings, loose women
Lou’s: The guy upstairs who has a car that is always parked in your space. That is Lou’s car.
One O. Just limit yourself to one O from now on and you’ll save the world from the travesty of those seeking to “loose weight” forever more, and ignore Lou. Thank you Great Grammar God. Amen.
Why the Grammarly Blog has written a post on this exact subject called Loose vs Lose. Bravo Grammarly.