What do you have to “loose”?

This is a usage Glitch that echoes down the generations no matter how many times it is corrected. While surfing through the responses on a Linked In discussion about the virtues of self publishing, I came across this profound comment:

You have nothing to loose and everything to gain. If you are good, of course.

Self publishing (not Vanity presses) certainly works for some people, but I hope the writer of this comment hires an editor if he plans to go that route. LOOSE is an adjective, meaning "out of confinement." On rare, archaic occasions, it is still used as a verb, as in LOOSE the hounds or LOOSE the dogs of war.

This writer needed the word LOSE, which is a verb and means the opposite of WIN. The sentence should read this way:

 You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If you are good, of course .

 Keep in mind that your trusty spell checker would not catch this Glitch because both LOSE and LOOSE are words. 


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