It would appear that there is a gargantuan, international conspiracy afoot, a conspiracy pursuing, with ruthless efficiency, the goal of causing a major blood vessel in my head to EXPLODE! Some examples of my latest bugbear, randomly grabbed from Twitter [emphasis mine]:
jobrosupdates_n Joe admitted he was the first of his 3 brothers loosing his virginity and that he will not tell the name of the girl
celseyy okay, why am i loosing LOADS of followers?:(
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Kagirl2014 Whats it mean when im loosing clumps of hair? ugh! more problems.
- He wore comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to his Pilates class.
- Loose lips sink ships.
- She pulled the scrunchie out of her hair and shook it loose.
- “Daddy, I have a loose tooth!”
- I love to lose myself in the music.
- Did you lose some followers on Twitter today?
- If he does that again, I’m going to lose it!
- Robin Hood loosed an arrow at the Sheriff’s head.
Pop Quiz – there are two CVs from people of similar background, education, training and experience and one slot left on the shortlist. One of the CVs is letter-perfect and the other has three errors in it. Assume that the decision-maker is remotely literate. (a) Which CV is going in the bin? (b) Why is it that the only people who have a problem with the answer to that question are careless, sloppy writers?
I have seen CV after CV dumped for mistakes like this and there are no two ways about it – people who can spell, who have taken the time and trouble to learn off all the myriad of rules and exceptions in the English language; they are very harsh and judgemental people. I know, I’m one of them. While I will admit that this stuff irritates me at some basal level, I don’t dump your CV with any sense of pleasure, malice or superiority. Please believe me when I tell you that I have no feelings whatsoever about your CV … or you. When I am in the hiring chair, it’s just a numbers game. I have too many CVs on the pile and carelessness/sloppiness like this makes my job of whittling down the pile just a little easier.
Up with this I will not put!
Vizzini: “He didn’t fall? In-con-ceiv-able!”
Inigo: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”