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takingchances · 15/12/2010 16:53

Does anyone, and I mean ANYONE, know the difference between everyday and every day??????

An everyday occurrence.

I wash my hair every day.

It's not difficult is it? But almost every piece of advertising I see has things like "better prices everyday" or "working for you everyday". How much are those copywriters getting paid?

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MardyQuickFollowThatStar · 17/12/2010 12:02

YANBU. I've nothing to add, but didn't want to leave your post unacknowledged.

GrimmaTheNome · 17/12/2010 12:13

If you haven't seen this on another Pedants' thread, you'll probably enjoy it alot. Grin

BoysAreLikeDogs · 17/12/2010 12:27

Everyday indicates an event/occurrence that is unremarkable

Every day is every day

So washing your hair every day is an everyday occurrence

The 'better prices everyday' folk are not only idiots but are ignorant of their idiocy

Point and laugh at them, 'tis the best way to cope

I LOVE the alot man, Mardy

FlightoftheCrimbleTree · 17/12/2010 12:45

gosh does it really matter that much?

Does it?

They might be 'idiots' but you could be talking about really kind, friendly and generally lovely people who simply had a poor education.

I can be a pedant as well at times but always try to keep in mind they are just humans and it's not nice to be horrid about them.

GrimmaTheNome · 17/12/2010 13:24

No, it doesn't matter that much, but this is Pedants' Corner not AIBU so we're allowed to nitpick here. I think the OP was bemused by the fact that this sort of misuse is perpetrated by copywriters who are paid to write.

takingchances · 17/12/2010 15:03

Grimma, that's exactly my point. Overpaid copywriter - pah. Marketeers who sign off the creative - PAH!!!

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FlightoftheCrimbleTree · 17/12/2010 16:15

I understand that.
I was talking about BALD's post. It struck home for me that I would far rather be one of the idiots she talks about than the person pointing and laughing at them.

Pedantry is one thing, out and out snobbery and meanness is another.

MardyQuickFollowThatStar · 18/12/2010 14:22

"Pedantry is one thing, out and out snobbery and meanness is another."

That's why I come on here to discuss language usage with so-called fellow pedants and rather than maliciously pulling anyone up on their usage of language in a non-pedantry thread.

In fact, I would rather this section were named "Language and Linguistics corner". I'm interested in use of language and how it changes rather than the Lynne Truss prescriptive approach.

I think that different registers of language are appropriate for different situations. I love the fact that DD, for example, is perfectly capable of constructing a coherent argument in standard English, yet will experiment with txtspk when communicating with her m8s.

Businesses, in my view, should strive to adhere to formally recognised grammar and spelling (unless they are deliberately setting out to be playful or innovative).

It is inexcusable to have a grammatical error in a company name imo. Yes you, Lands' End.

activate · 18/12/2010 14:28

yes of course it matters

of course it does

FlightoftheCrimbleTree · 18/12/2010 16:35

I find language thrilling

but I think you need to temper the passion with some humanity


Just from my own experience. I used to be a snob I think. I try very hard to consider feelings these days as a priority - I fail at times, yes, but I do try.

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