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23 Aug 2010

Share Some Greased Tea (and a Dictionary) with Me.

Written by sally @ 1:38 pm — Section: sally

The other day I had occasion to hum “Everyday is Like Sunday,” as you do, and then needed to listen to the actual song. So I pulled it up on iTunes and after studying the title for awhile, it occurred to me that something was wrong.

He doesn’t mean that “everyday” is like Sunday. He means “every day” is like Sunday!

“Everyday” means hohum, commonplace! “Every day” means “each day.” I have tried, oh, how I have tried, to adapt the meaning of this song to make Morrissey grammatically correct. But it doesn’t work.

First off, the way he pronounces “every day” is clearly two words. He kinda stretches it into four: ev-er-ee daaaaaay.

Second, this is stupid, as “everyday” is an adjective. This means he is singing, “Hohum is like Sunday.” Wouldn’t he mean “Sunday is hohum” instead, if he KNEW WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT? It almost works with “everyday is silent and gray,” but I’m not convinced.

I feel strongly that both Keats and Yeats would disapprove.

4 Responses to “Share Some Greased Tea (and a Dictionary) with Me.”

  1. Liz said:

    The “every day”/”everyday” confusion is one of my biggest grammar pet peeves.

  2. sally said:

    I kind of can’t believe it took me this long to notice this one!

  3. Elizabeth said:

    I love you.

  4. Mix said:

    Let’s not even get into the “all right” vs. “alright” debate. Morrissey didn’t write any songs with either of those in the title, did he?