>Ever noticed that programmers often spell "lose" as "loose"? > >Does this tendency characterise: >(1) FB programmers only >(2) all programmers >(3) all English-literate people >(4) other? > >Robert P. Robert P.: More importantly, why is it something that you notice? And, not just specifically you, but why is this something that everyone is becoming more sensitive in noticing? I think that noticing specifics like this are becoming more commonplace because we are communicating more in this text medium than ever before. Sure, writers and people who use the pen for work in reporting news or publishing are more skilled at text communications and thus establish and comply with the "rules" more than we layman (programmers included). But now, we via email enter into this text medium of communication on a daily basis -- some even more than speech. As a result, we start noticing the difference between sounds and spelling. We start distinguishing between "there" and "their". We become more sensitive to "your" and" you're" as well as "it's" and "its". The "loose" vs "lose" thing is just another step in the evolution of how to write well*. I think you're just going to have to admit that by noticing such things, we are just becoming better writers. BTW - I find it fascinating that personalities often emerge from the prose. Many of you I can identify by just your writing style (Jim, bb, gnome, STAZ, et al). Interesting huh? tedd * I'm still trying to figure out the using "well" vs. "good" thing myself.