Every used to be a trisyllabic word, and it was therefore at times necessary to replace the second ‘e’ with an apostrophe for poetic reasons.
- The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter (1992) p. 345:
- There’s a boy snail for ev’ry girl snail, There’s a boy quail for ev’ry girl quail/ There’s a boy mouse for ev’ry girl mouse, There’s a boy grouse for ev’ry girl grouse
- Alan Aldridge, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (1991) p. 185:
- The Library of Congress, America the Beautiful (July 4th, 1895):
- America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw; Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law!