Used for time and space.
- We had fried chips then went for a jog.
- There were six red dots then two blue ones.
If I want to say, “put that down before I lose/loose my shit!” which should I use (without being a loser)? What does “lose/loose my shit” mean anyway? And, why do people get it wrong so often?
Pronounced “looz”. Despite the single “o” in the spelling the “oo” sound is drawn out as in “Louise”.
You may have tried to grab something, or even tried to hold onto something, and failed.
Of course, and this is where some of the confusion arises, if you deliberately released something, then you would “loose it”.
There is a convergence of meanings.
Pronounced “loos”, despite the double “o” spelling, the “oo” sound is short as in “Louie”.
So, it’s (mostly) equally right to say:
So, if you say “loose my shit,” it would mean you literally had a bad case of diarrhoea. Awkward.
And, lose my shit? In this slang phrasing, anger has overwhelmed the speaker. What is being lost is one’s faculties of reason and level headedness. So instead of saying, “put that down before I lose my faculties of reasoning and level headedness,” we say, “put that down before I lose my shit”, to imply (and threaten) that we have already lost them.