Posted by anonymouse on:
I have been reading many online articles recently, and many writers of these articles are making the same surprising (to me) mistake. As an educated mouse, it disappoints me to see 'so-called educated" humans who write as a vocation or even an avocation, consistently, mistakenly using 'loose' for lose.
In an article on boingboing, 'Do bacteria control your brain?' the writer describes a test performed on several unfortunate mice. Several of these anxious mice have been shown to have abnormal 'gut microflora' and who suffer various afflictions as a result. These mice tend to take fewer chances and to prefer a dark box to the light of day. But enough about the mice.
Our writer writes, "We get gut bacteria that helps us digest food and train our immune systems - but we loose some control over how our brains function, possibly to our detriment......" The image that presents itself to this mouse is a modicum of mouse-grey-matter that has escaped the confines of the mouse skull, and is now 'at large'. Definitely a detriment to the mouse.
Dear writers, please consider the important difference between the following.
LOSE - To be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something).
LOOSE - Not firmly or tightly fixed in place; detached or able to be detached.
I argue that in the case of the mouse and the writer and the function of their respective brains, this difference is an important one.