I am noticing a general trend, especially online, where 'loose' is replacing 'lose' in posting. For example, something like - 'The GOP seems to be loosing much of its traditional support base.' "Loose" generally refers to things that are 'not tight, free from restraint.' In many of these statements the proper word is 'lose' meaning 'to come to be without'. Has anyone else noticed that we are 'losing it' when it comes the difference between 'lose' and loose'? I guess my example could be true if the GOP were releasing, or letting loose, some of its support base.