Tonight was our last round of galleys before sending Willow Springs 65 to print. It’s been a long two weeks looking for comma splices, debating the usefulness of each and every hyphen, and researching the correct spelling of various proper nouns. And let me say, this issue has some good stuff in it. This might sound weird coming from me, but I really enjoy the poetry.
Then, after the meeting, the management team went out for pizza and beer and we had our last meeting of the term. We’ve got a great staff this year, and I had a great time. We’re moving Willow Springs forward, and it feels wonderful to be a part of that movement.
But now I am officially on break.
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.