The great group Little River Band had a big hit with “Lonesome Loser.” The song contained the following lyrics:
“Have you heard about the lonesome loser?
“Beaten by the queen of hearts every time.”
I, however, often heard:
“Have you heard about the loathsome loser?”
Now this changes the meaning a bit. Now if the protagonist, the Loathsome Loser, perpetually antagonized the queen by acting loathsome around her, it’s quite understandable that she would want to beat him. Indeed, I am forced to admit I don’t understand why anyone would want to sing the praises of a loathsome man. In some ways, I’m glad that he loses. However, while I understand why the queen would want to commit grievous bodily harm against such a reprobate, I don’t think her actions merit praise either.
– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D.