Grammar Friday

Today’s two grammar tips:

  • On my first job out of college, I was responsible for a small publication, and I mislabeled the copy at the front of the book as a “Forward.” In fact, it was a “Foreword,” which is a preface or introductory note. Now, go forward, and avoid making such an embarrassing mistake.
  • The word “everyday” is an adjective and means “normal” or “not out of the ordinary.” In any other usage, “every day” becomes two words. So, an everyday event occurs every day.

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2 Responses to Grammar Friday

  1. Bart Butler says:

    People using everyday to mean every day is, unfortunately, an everyday occurrence. I’m frequently amazed at this usage by large ad agencies and companies who should know better.

    I’m guessing that while you may have heard heated comments from your editor on the foreword vs. forward mistake, there was not a multitude of people who noticed this.

    Thanks for the tips.

    • Peter Faur says:

      Hi, Bart. Sadly, on the forward/foreword mistake, I was the final editor, and I was working for a college at the time. Lots of ribbing, but I survived, and I learned a valuable lesson.

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