It’s an everyday occurrence that happens every day

It seems that every day the folks at Yahoo! News commit some homophonic crime. It’s a common, ordinary, everyday occurrence:

everyday news

If you mean “commonplace, ordinary, or routine,” use everyday. It’s an adjective that requires a noun to modify. It can also be a noun meaning “the ordinary or routine,” like: “Mistakes on Yahoo! have become part of the everyday.”

If you mean “each day,” then use the two words “every day.”

It only seems like every day

It seems like every day the folks at Yahoo! make the common, ordinary, everyday mistake of using everyday when they mean every day.

It happened today on Yahoo! News:

news everyday

and on Yahoo! Movies:

everyday movies

and yesterday on Yahoo! omg!:

everyday omg

This is not difficult, people. If you mean “daily,” use every day; if you mean “common, ordinary,” use everyday.

It happens every day

It happens every day: An ordinary, common everyday word gets split into two words. And sometimes the result has a totally different meaning, as it does here on Yahoo! omg!:

every day omg

Going through a phase every day

When it comes to homophonic errors, I go through phases sometimes where it’s every day that I discover them on Yahoo!. Today it was on Yahoo! omg!:

fazes omg 1

I’ll never understand how a writer can confuse faze with phase or everyday (which means ordinary) with every day (which means each day).

If you’re prone to mixing up homophones, you should have someone who’s knowledgeable about language proofread your writing:

fazes omg 2

Look for someone who knows the difference between whose (a possessive pronoun) and who’s (a contraction of who is or who has). I don’t recommend the person who wrote this article.

It happens every day

Well, you don’t see this every day:

everyday sports pr

Actually, you do see mistakes every day on Yahoo! Sports‘ “Prep Rally.” They are a common, ordinary, everyday occurrence.

You don’t see this every day

Every day there are mistakes on the Yahoo! front page. We all know that. But here’s a common, everyday mistake that appears twice on yahoo.com, here:

and here:

If you mean “common or ordinary,” use everyday. But if, like the writers at Yahoo!, you mean “occurring each day,” use every day.

It’s an everyday occurrence at Yahoo!

It happens every day: Someone working at Yahoo! makes a homophonic error. This time it’s the genius writers at Yahoo! Avatars who confuse everyday (which means ordinary or commonplace) with the two-word every day:

It happens every day

It’s happens every day: Someone on the Yahoo! front page makes a mistake. This time it’s confusing everyday (which means “appropriate for ordinary days or routine occasions”) with every day:

It’s an everyday occurrence every day

It seems that nearly every day there’s some bit of fiction on Yahoo! Shine. Something that the writer just made up to incite the site’s dozens of readers. This time the lie  appears on the home page and involves the USDA and its alleged ban on milk:

Of course, the USDA didn’t ban milk. But the writer doesn’t feel it necessary to be precise. Or accurate. Also on that page, you’ll find:

It’s not exactly a secret that the lingerie store is Victoria’s Secret.

You can see mistakes like this on Yahoo! Shine every day:

What are you thankful for?

At this time of year, we often reflect on our lives and blessings and proclaim our gratitude for the people and things around us. For me, I’m thankful that I don’t work for a Web site like Yahoo! Shine, where the editorial standards are lower than those you’d find in a high school newspaper.

If you asked people what they’re grateful for, their answers might surprise you:

I’d be grateful for a professional writer who knows how to perform a simple spell-check. This word doesn’t have multiple Ts:

Or a writer who knows that the school is Hofstra University:

And this other school is Temple University. It’s one thing to make a mistake once in a while, but to make mistakes every day? That’s just a common, everyday occurrence on Shine. I’m thankful that I learned at an early age that you need to include little words, like an, in some sentences:

You don’t have to be a psychologist to see that this isn’t right:

You don’t have to be a grammarian to know that an apostrophe is no substitute for a quotation mark and that dinnertime is one word:

If someone suggests that you take a class in grammar, or at least learn to match a verb with its subject, you should be grateful for the advice:

What are you thankful for?

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