How does a fully educated adult, fancying himself a novelist, make it to a point where he can produce 350 pages of text, and still not know the difference between "everyday" and "every day"?
To be clear: "Every day" is an adverbial phrase, and "everyday" is an adjective. You can read about this distinction here.
You'll notice I haven't posted for the past few days. I've been wrestling with an issue: Is this blog really addressing the cause of bad writing in Global Watch?
Yes, it is true, the person who typed in Global Watch made a conscious choice, without a gun to his head (which was my initial theory, by the way), to produce this dreck, create a blog, and sell it on Amazon. But as this blog has shown, he is oblivious to rules of grammar and good writing. Such obliviousness is rarely deliberate.
To some extent, he is the product of his environment. The schools he attended clearly did not instill in him a sense of the importance of how to write well. Nor did they identify his deficient skills and try to improve them. At the very least, his teachers could have recognized his lack of talent and ridiculed him until he was too demoralized to try to write a novel.
Poor Global Watch. I think he should sue Emory University, which he attended for his undergraduate education, and where bad habits such as these should have been corrected and remedied. The teachers there let him down, and yet took his tuition money and student fees without teaching him vital skills that could help him in this endeavor. Emory University should be ashamed that they let this person attend there for four years and graduate, producing nothing better than the horror that is Global Watch.
This leads me to this quote by the great Flannery O'Connor:
Everywhere I go, I’m asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Happy Halloween, everybody!