I am not a spelling or grammar fascist. I have an over-fondness for ellipses … I am generally tolerant of, if not entirely copacetic with, the idiom of the day … I’ve been known to, occasionally, split infinitives … I begin sentences with conjunctions. And I love neologisms.
There are, however, few things that bother me more than the sloppiness of so-called professional writers and their complicity in declining standards. Language changes, yes, but it needn’t degrade.
OK … so using the word “loose” instead of “lose” isn’t a capital crime, but it is so damned common these days that I get really annoyed when magazines of some repute, like Maclean’s, start letting it slip by. Someone has to dam the flood.
Then again, I guess there’s no point in loosing any sleep over it. Best I just losen up a little and go with the flow.