Back yard vs. Backyard | If you barbecue in your back yard on Sunday, you can eat leftovers from your backyard barbecue on Monday. When you talk about your back yard as a place, use two words. If you’re describing a backyard activity or object, use one word.

Every day vs. Everyday | If you do something every day, it becomes an everyday task. You can see the difference in these sentences: “I go to work every day. And when I get home, I take care of my everyday chores.”

Some time vs. Sometime | Some time usually means “a good, long while.” For example: “It was some time before I was able to go on a roller coaster again.” Sometime, on the other hand, is good for referring to an unspecified time. “I got food poisoning sometime before we arrived at the fair.” Sometime can also be an adjective that means occasionally, used to be, or once in a while. For example, “She was my sometime traveling partner, until that incident.”

The Blargon Jog, written by Margarite Nathe, features thoughts on language and storytelling, as well as the occasional indignant rant about jargon and academic gobbledygook.