Word Confusion: Every Way versus Everyway

Posted September 4, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Self-Editing, Word Confusions

There are two instances in which every way is accepted: in every way or every which way. Otherwise, stick to everyway.

Curious About Other Everys?

If you’re curious about other every closed compound words, you may want to check out “Every Body versus Everybody“, “Every Day versus Everyday“, “Every Man versus Everyman“, “Every One versus Everyone“, “Every Thing versus Everything“, and “Every Place versus Everyplace“.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.

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In Every Way Everyway
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: everyway; Longman Dictionary: in every way

Sculpture of a fork standing where four roads fork off

“Fork in the Road” by J_CMac is under the CC BY 2.0 license, via VisualHunt.com

Every way requires a decision.

Cars and people jammed up every which way

“World Class Traffic Jam” by joiseyshowaa is under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license, via Visualhunt.com

Vehicle and people are jammed up everyway!

Part of Grammar:
Adverbial Phrase consisting of a Determiner + Adverb Closed Compound Word

Always use in with every way
In all ways

Unless which is inserted
[U.S. English; informal] In every direction
In every way

  • In every direction, manner, or respect
The new computer is superior to all the others in every way.

The kids ran off every which way.

Tamara was his equal in every way.

Forgetting to put the blender lid back on, meant the smoothie’s ingredients went every which way on the kitchen walls, floor, and ceiling.

These two dresses are identical in every way, except for the price tag.

The rioters bashed the police every which way.

They tried everyway to find the information.

“Then he is taller, but lighter — has more colour — is so much younger — and everyway so different, I wonder you think so.” – James Fenimore Cooper, Wyandotte

“The vessels possessed by the Northmen were everyway adapted for an ocean voyage.” – B. F. De Costa, The Pre-Columbian Discovery of America by the Northmen

War is a pestilence, psychologically, economically, socially, everyway.

History of the Word:
First recorded in 1560-70.

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!

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“Several Varieties of Potatoes” is FCA00000’s own work under the GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons.