lose » loose
Spotted in the wild:
- In what is widely considered to be a response to the recent announcement about two 18-year olds who will loose their virginity over the internet, (http://www.ourfirsttime.com) Los Angeles resident Jason Torchinsky plans to loose his keys, and then his cool, live on the internet. (link)
- What happens if I loose something in the haunt? (link)
**Note by CW:** This entry has been assigned to the “questionable” category pending further discussion: _lose»loose_ looks like a simple misspelling to me.
**Note by CW:** Error in my first note finally fixed. The discussion in the comment section and the clarifications in Arnold Zwicky’s Language Log post agree with my first reaction to this entry. To summarize: Not every misspelling that coincides with a different word than the one the writer aimed at is an eggcorn; we need some evidence that he or she had a different sense, or sense component, in mind. I don’t wish to delete the entry, since this would mean that the commentaries would disappear as well. I have therefore created a new category to mark entries that, after discussion, are found to be not of the eggcorn type.