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Prose Parade
Grammar and writing basics

July 23, 2010

Every day/Everyday

Yes, people, they are two (well, actually, three) different words with two different meanings. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen them used incorrectly on huge billboards, TV, newspapers and magazines. Jeesh.

So, in the interest of my sanity:

“Every day” (two words, a noun and an adjective) means each day. For example, “Brush your teeth every day.”

Everyday (one word; an adjective) means ordinary or commonplace. For example, “Brushing your teeth is an everyday occurrence.” (At least, I hope so.)

So, are we clear now?