Commonly Confused Word Pairs: Every day, everyday III

April 1, 2010: Issue 333

Ha-ha! Gotcha!

Our language plays pranks on us all the time. Take the difference between the adverbs every day and someday:

Every day
as an adverb is two words.
“Every day it’s a-gettin’ closer.”

But the similar adverb someday is one word.
“Maybe someday we’ll figure all this out.”

Complicating the issue is the one-word adjective everyday.
“I can’t get enough of this everyday love.”

Name that tune: Can you identify the three songs quoted above and the artists who made hits of them?

E-mail us, and we’ll draw a winner from the correct entries. We promise the prize is not pepper gum or a can of snakes.

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