icarus wrote:How about a spelling test?
I think the expression is "losing it", as in losing one's marbles, past tense "he lost it". from verb to lose.
Not "loosing it", which would actually be loosening it, as in loosening one's tongue to blurt out a string of invective, past tensed "loosened it", from adjective "loose".
Loose tongue, lose your marbles .... pretty simple.
I have long been told that English is the only language in the world that has spelling bees because it is the only language in the world that needs them. All other languages spell the words exactly the way they sound.
English on the other hand, is the amalgamation of so many languages (primarily German) and it possesses so many words which are rooted in different phonetic systems, that it therefore requires words to be spelled in all sorts of different ways, sometimes opposite and contradictory.
This has resulted in no end of nit-pickers who over look the conceptual meaning of a string of words to focus on the small detail of how they were spelled.
Of course it could have just been a typo. I type pretty fast and sometimes make a mistake.
In any case, it is obvious to me that your message is an argumentum ad-hominem directed at me most likely because you didn't like something I wrote, or perhaps didn't like the way I wrote it.
You are also using a form of argument that I call the fallacy of false equivalency. You are making the implied argument that the knowledge of how various english words are spelled is somehow equal in value to that of due diligence regarding an elected officials principals, philosophy and record, and thereby implying that I am a hypocrite for supporting the later as a requirement for voting, while not being able to do the former.
This type of snark has the advantage of requiring little in the way of effort, and avoids the difficulty of confronting the primary argument which is obviously unassailable.
Were I to feel snarky myself, I could suggest that an inability to derive the meaning of a sentence if the sentence contains a misspelled word or two indicates a more severe cognitive dissonance.
In any case, I apologize for adding an extra "O" in a word. If only I hadda gradjiated the sicsth grad, i mighta ben able to rite betr.