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A Post NOT About Grammar*

October 13, 2011
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*I lied.

It’s been a while since I ranted about grammar, right? And I know that if you made a list of things you love to hear people talk about, near the top of the list would be grammar. I also know that you’re being sarcastic when you say that, so it’s a good thing I will be writing about grammar and you’ll be reading it, rather than hearing it.

Ha! Grammar’d.

Today, I will be addressing something that drives me batty every time I see it, especially in the title of a really popular blog. That is, the difference between “every day” and “everyday.” Also included in this rant is “some day” and “someday.”

Listen folks, there is a frigging difference between the two. Let’s take a moment to let me go on about the importance of thinking about what you’re writing. You see how I just typed “you’re”? As I did that, I actually thought about it and said “you are” in my head. It made sense, so I knew it was correct. It’s important to actually think about what you’re writing because a few extra seconds can be the difference between correct spelling and looking like an idiot.

For example, if the person who had made this print thought about what they were doing before putting it out there for the world to see, they would have noticed that they used “loose” instead of “lose.” Now, women all over Pinterest are sharing this thing, and the cycle continues.

Take a moment to think about what you’re writing.*

Back to the subject at hand, “everyday” is an adjective. Such as “everyday absurdities” or “everyday wear.”

“Every day” is expressing an amount of time and means the same thing as “each day.” As in, “I eat an apple every day,” or “I want to throat punch my cubicle mate every day.”

Let’s use both of them in a sentence. “I wear my everyday shoes to work every day, where I want to throat punch my cubicle mate.”

The same goes for “someday,” an adverb describing an unknown point in time. “Some day” refers to a specific day. “Some” is an adjective describing “day.”

Are we all clear?

Now for the love of all that is right and good in this world, go forth and use them correctly.

*I know, we all make mistakes. Including myself. I’m just saying maybe we could all try to be a little less stupid.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2011 2:38 pm

    No, no, the loose could work. You know, you have to loose your fears to set them free so you’ll be free of them, just like you loose a bird to see if it will come back to you, in which case you’ll know if it was actually yours in the first place.

    Yeah, yeah, totally.

  2. Elizabeth permalink
    October 14, 2011 9:49 am

    I want to make a print for Pinterest that says “I will not re-pin your grammar mistake.” There have been times when I’ve wanted to re-pin (or re-tweet, for that matter) but can’t bring myself to support the incorrect use of your/you’re or their/there/they’re or to/too. Someone’s got to take a stand.

    • dtdorrin permalink*
      October 14, 2011 12:55 pm

      I would totally re-pin that! 🙂 I also avoid re-pinning grammar mistakes.

  3. Paul permalink
    October 15, 2011 12:01 pm

    Maybe it’s not a grammar error, and they’re just proposing, against the common belief, that the fear of being wrong must be loosed and given its head in order to create worthwhile things.

  4. October 18, 2011 7:03 pm

    LOVE IT! I am a huge fan of grammar too!!!

    Here is an amazing grammar book I am currently reading:
    http://www.amazon.com/English-Grammar-Language-Behavior-Second/dp/0130322601/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

    And that loose/lose. So bad!

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