Happy National Grammar Day

Since I’ve spent the last I-don’t-know-how-many-days in rather severe neck, back, and head pain, and since I had a long day of work and class today, this is going to be a quick post. So, on to the post.

In celebration of the momentous day, I bring you one of my largest grammatical pet peeves: everyday vs. every day.

Everyday is an adjective. Every day is an adverbial phrase. Everyday is used to describe something that is commonplace or ordinary. Every day is used to mean each day. Hence the phrase strive for excellence everyday is grammatically incorrect.

I will also present to you my sister’s current linguistic pet peeve: breathe and breath.

Breath is a noun. Breathe is a verb. Correct usage would be I was out of breath; I could not breathe.

I’d ask to hear other’s pet peeves, but I currently have zero readers. Oh well.

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