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"Nowadays" or "Now a Days"?

"Nowadays" was spelled like "now a days" and "now adays" in Middle English, but now it's spelled like . . .

By
Mignon Fogarty ,
January 31, 2011

Eric from Hawaii wrote, "It is common for students to omit the middle 'a' in 'nowadays' or 'now a days'. Is 'now days' an error? And for that matter, is it 'nowadays' or 'now a days'?"

The correct word is "nowadays." "Nowdays" and "now a days" are errors (although the correct "nowadays" comes from a Middle English phrase that was written as two or three words.)

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