UMG Developer (6/22/2010)
I think it is interesting that people say they are losing the point(s), as if they are supposed to be automatic. (You never had the point to lose it; you just failed to earn the point.)
Remember: English is a world language now. So your dialect may be different from someone else's dialect.
We talk about teams losing games, we talk about teams in leagues losing points, and we use "lose" for many more things which were never possessed by theose doing the losing, so according to you they could not be lost. So there are cases where it is normal to talk about "losing" something you never had, at least in all the versions of English I'm acquainted with. Also there are things for which one can't use "lose" that way, and which things those are varies from dialect to dialect (maybe even from idolect to idiolect). In my version of English points in an SQL trivia quizz are things you can lose even though you haven't got them (and indeed they can't be lost once you do have them). I guess the same applies to the people you were commenting about.