Why can't we spell "losing?"

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    Why can't we spell "losing?"

    Now, I'm no spelling ogre (though I've played one on TV), and I'm certainly not without sin when it comes to spelling, grammar, and typographical errors... but does anyone else notice that losing (as in, "I'm losing my mind") is almost always spelled as "loosing?"

    Unbelievably minor and petty of me, I know, but I see it over and over and over again, and I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on why that particular word is so often misspelled?
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    Spelling is something I hold in high regards too! That's another one (too) that gets spelled wrong constantly!

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    Me to! And I thought I was loosing my mind cause know one spells good no more!

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    Hmm, spell checking can't fix 'loosing' because it is a word. I guess that 'losing' just looks wrong to some people and they don't know the difference between the two words.

    Loosing, as in 'loosing an arrow.'

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    The forum spelling police are here.

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    Sad to say, I've seen "loose" and "loosing" so many times the correct usage looks wrong to me now.

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    The one that kills me are the Real Estate signs for expensive homes that read like this: "From the low $700's". We really don't get possessive versus plural anymore. Every once in a while someone will get it right, but it's few and far between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPFOR View Post
    Now, I'm no spelling ogre (though I've played one on TV), and I'm certainly not without sin when it comes to spelling, grammar, and typographical errors... but does anyone else notice that losing (as in, "I'm losing my mind") is almost always spelled as "loosing?"

    Unbelievably minor and petty of me, I know, but I see it over and over and over again, and I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on why that particular word is so often misspelled?
    On international forums I usually see Americans doing it but lately I've noticed some Brits doing it as well and those guys invented the language. ???????

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    I think it is the british influence in this forum that is making people use some weird spelling.
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    Their, there and they're are the ones that drive me nuts, myself.

    I see them used in the wrong text in so many places it's just not even funny.
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    If it wasnt for the spell check button on the Google toolbar, I would be a blithering idiot.
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    So so many - of course some are so used they are drifting into (almost) legitimate use.

    Ahah - ''loose'' ....... I could ''loose'' off a few rounds and then ''lose the bullets''.

    Where in Hades did ''irregardless'' come from ?! The word is 'regardless'.

    Why ''ect'' instead of ''etc''? .. meaning ''etcetera''!!

    Oh forgot - what about collective nouns? How often do I hear ''the goverment have''?

    The Gov is a body - a singularity and ''the government HAS''!

    What else - oh too many. Enough already - and hey with my stumpy bleeding fingers I make plenty of mistakes anyways!
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    Quote Originally Posted by purple88yj View Post
    Their, there and they're are the ones that drive me nuts, myself.

    I see them used in the wrong text in so many places it's just not even funny.
    Confusing "your" and "you're" is also done frequently.
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    Another one is "I could care less". Shouldn't that be "I couldn't care less"?

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    There Their They're now....it's not that bad.

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