Wow. It has been INSANE.
After picking up the paper (six copies!) on Sunday morning, I went up to one of my very favorite places in the world: White Lake State Park in Tamworth, New Hampshire. It’s a very significant place in my family: my dad has been camping there every year since he was 17 years old, and I made my first visit at the ripe old age of 12 days.
But I digress. I returned from a wonderful overnight camping trip, and in spite of the HORRID sunburn on my thighs, which was further aggravated by my sister rubbing sand into them (don’t ask), I’m ecstatic. I could not be happier. There’s nothing like coming home dozens of emails and comments on the blog.
I would like to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to visit the blog, and especially to those who took the time to comment or email me! I will be emailing each of you personally as soon as I have the time.
And now we return to the grammar blogging. I was walking down Tremont Street from Government Center, heading to the Park Street, when I saw the following sign on the front of a building:
See anything wrong with that?
This is one of my biggest pet peeves. “Everyday,” when used as a single word, means typical, usual or ordinary. In all other instances, it must be two words: every day.
I’m guessing that Papyrus didn’t want us, as consumers, to find joy in ordinary, run-of-the-mill stationery.
I think that the company’s intention falls more along the lines of wanting consumers to find joy in all things, every single day, and that using beautiful, colorful stationery is a way to add joy to one’s life.
I was there with my friend Andy, and he was the one who added the sticker. You can’t quite tell from the picture, but it’s one of the “The Panda Says NO!” stickers from Eats, Shoots and Leaves. Check out his commentary on the incident on his blog.
For the record:
Everyday: synonym for typical, usual or ordinary
Every day: interchangeable with “each day”
Everyone: interchangeable with “each person”
Every one: used when followed by “of [article + noun]” — an example: Every one of the scouts learned how to tie the knot correctly.
Everytime: THIS IS NOT A WORD. DO NOT USE IT EVER.
Every time: interchangeable with “each time”