The Grammar Belle

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It’s an everyday occurrence. Each and every day.

Hey, y’all. I’ll give 25 bonus points PLUS my undying love and admiration to anyone who can guess what today’s topic is based solely on the title of this post. Got it?

Yes, it’s “everyday.” Oh, and “every day.” Did you know those are different and NOT interchangeable? It’s true. Yes, they have the same letters. Yes, they rhyme. The similarities end there.

I can tell you, without a doubt, that the mix-up and misuse of the two phrases (three words?) is the No. 1 error I see in big-money general advertising.

Y’all ready for me to get to the point? OK. If you need an adjective to describe something that happens on a daily basis or something that is ordinary or routine, then it’s ONE WORD. “Everyday low prices.” “That’s her everyday expression.”

If, however, you’re actually talking about days . . . real days . . . and not just one day, such as today, but all of them, then you need TWO WORDS. “We shop there every day.” “She has that outfit on pert near* every day.”

Now you know TGB has a tried-and-true test-it method! Here how I do it: If I can add in the phrase “each and” before what I’m saying, then I need two words. (“Each and” is two words, so then what follows needs to match!)

I like to eat pizza (each and) every day. NOT: I usually eat pizza at our (each and) everyday diner.

Yes, this one seems tough. But, if you’ll just figure out whether your noun is “day” and you want the adjective “every” to describe it or you already have a noun and you need the adjective “everyday” to describe it, you’ll have it just like that!

The starburst and Marker Felt font are for all my art director friends out there. You are so very welcome!

Y’all get out there, pack your Sharpies, and start fixing up signs at your local retail establishments. And when doing your very own writing—as opposed to vandalizing others’ writing—promise me you’ll remember that (most of) you are smarter than spellcheck.

Thanks for stopping by! See y’all again soon.

*Pert near = Pretty near, just about, almost

6 comments on “It’s an everyday occurrence. Each and every day.

  1. ourmom
    October 26, 2012

    I’m sure I don’t get that one right every day but screwing it up is not an everyday occurrence. Enjoyed the read.

  2. ourmom
    October 26, 2012

    I forgot to mention the “pert near” reference. I was born and raised in the south so I know what it means. I have heard it spoken many times but this may be the first time I have seen it written.

  3. outlawmama
    October 27, 2012

    Crap. I still don’t get it. I have to practice. A lot.

  4. Pingback: A Year of Grammar Goodies (With Bonus Pop Quiz) | The Grammar Belle

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This entry was posted on October 26, 2012 by in Don't Make Me Beg, Southernisms, Spelling, When Spellcheck Won't Help.

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