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Loath vs. Loathe

February 2016
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Being a fan of the Oakland Raiders, Gene was loathe to cheer for the Denver Broncos (a division rival) in Super Bowl 50.

I’ve got to admit, this is one “near” homophone combo that I always have to look up. I simply don’t use the words enough to get them set in my little mind.

The word loathe means to hate intensely, so, even though Gene may, in fact, loathe the Broncos, in the “Super Bowl” sentence above, the correct word is loath, which means unwilling or reluctant.

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