Threw and Through
When I read the expression “through me for a loop” in a recent comment, I can tell you, it threw me for a loop!
I decided to cruise the web and see if this version of the expression had become common.
Admittedly most of the usage I found occurs in comments to articles, in forums, and on the sites of non-professional writers, but it’s out there:
…when… myspace page came up, it through me for a loop.
This question through me for a loop with its emphasis on reflective transfer.
…something happened yesterday that really through me for a loop.
I must admit the appearance of wood through me for a loop.
The menu through me for a loop.
Since such things are catching, I’ll review the difference between threw and through.
The word threw is the simple past of the verb to throw, “to propel through the air”:
throw threw (have) thrown
The word through is a preposition used to indicate penetration or passage:
The bullet traveled through the vest. The hikers crawled through the low tunnel.
To throw someone for a loop is to confuse or shock a person. To knock someone for a loop has the same meaning:
The news of her advisor’s death knocked her for a loop.
The words threw and through are pronounced alike, but, so far anyway, they have different spellings in standard English.
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