Is there any one word which can describe everyday things?

By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, going to work or school, and eating dinner.


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"Quotidian" is a good word, although it may be a little too highbrow.

quo·tid·i·an /kwōˈtidēən/ adjective -Google

Of or occurring every day; daily. Ordinary or everyday, especially when mundane.

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    Well, if more people use it, it will stop seeming so highbrow!
    – Malvolio
    May 15 '11 at 19:16
  • Perfect! Thank you! That was exactly what I was looking for :)
    – Leif
    May 16 '11 at 1:44
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    When I saw this question I immediately thought of the Spanish word cotidiano, which is very common in that language. May 16 '11 at 8:34


noun 1. a customary or regular course of procedure. 2. commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity: the routine of an office. 3. regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.


The word mundane can be appropriate here, as it can be used to refer to things that are common or ordinary. Brushing your teeth or taking a shower are indeed mundane activities. Note that this can have a bit of a negative connotation, suggesting that the activities are common enough to be boring. If you want to avoid the negative connotation, routine (as suggested by gbutters) may be a better choice.

  • +1 as this was my answer also :) May 15 '11 at 23:44

a word to describe everyday things. Things is about as general a word as I can think of...how about



If you mean activities, you could use workaday.

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    Welcome to EL&U. We appreciate links to sources which support your answer. :-) Jan 2 '14 at 10:32

I believe that this word greatly fits the definition of "everyday things."

Commodities: Useful or valuable items. Usually very important necessities for life such as water or time, but its connotation fits very well.

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    Welcome to EL&U. While your answer is fine, it would be improved by adding a link to your source, so that others can learn from it too.
    – andy256
    Apr 22 '14 at 6:12

the minutiae of everyday life?


You can call that your daily routine. And we know that a routine is a usual or fixed way of doing things that are done regularly at a specified intervals.

  • It would be good to cite a reference rather than letting this nice answer stand here as though it were just your own opinion.
    – Xanne
    May 14 '17 at 22:53

May I have the opportunity to add my version of the (not so) trite word:


Also consider a word called:


usage: "..my daily chores"

Not to mention that the accepted answer is laconic in that I personally prefer its usage.

"Jim got so engrossed in watching the soccer match that he forgot the quotidian task of watering the plants."


Daily chores might fit well here.


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