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  • Did I ever say I love cats? :-)

    Unfortunately, I'm allergic to them :-(
    • But it could be worse... they could be allergic to me... O:-)
      • "chiff", as an allergic cat would say.

        I'm a bit allergic to the cats, but I take lots of antihistimines for it. Mostly all these new kitties make me itch and itch, not so much a runny nose or anything. I think I should get better once I give them a good bath tomorrow, to get all the dust and whatnot off them.

        • I have no problems with itching, but I do get the runny nose and really wet eyes :-) I inhale some strange thing every Sunday to take care of that, which make my nose bleed from time to time... it's quite a good story, the one of how it works :-)

          New kitties usually do me no harm (apart from when they scratch, of course)... it's the older ones that get to me, as they are always loosing fur... (was that the right word?)

          • always loosing fur... (was that the right word?)

            The right word, I believe, was "hair" :-)

            • The usual word would be "shedding", which implies the "hair"/"fur" part.

              (Also, look up "loose" versus "lose" -- not that there's any way to know without memorization. Actually "loose" almost makes sense in this context, but no English speaker would say it -- in fact, few English speakers use "loose" as a verb in any context.)
              • Thanks :-)

                look up "loose" versus "lose"

                I have a similar problem with "chose" and "choose"... as with many other words :-)

                I wonder how many errors I make a day... :-|

                • by vsergu (505) on 2004.08.20 13:24 (#33567) Journal
                  Lots of native English speakers have the same problems. A lot of English spelling results from arbitrary choices that happened to get fossilized. For example, there's no real reason why the past tense of "read" is spelled "read" but the past tense of "lead" is spelled "led" even though the two past tenses rhyme -- they could just as well be "red" and "lead", but they aren't.