Make Your Editor Cry: Anybody vs. Any Body

Make Your Editor Cry:  Anybody vs. Any Body

When it means “anyone,” anybody is spelled as a single word.

Example:

I know I’m twelve but the sign says anybody can enter the raffle.

They’ll just let anybody work in here I guess.

But when it means a noun phrase referring to “an arbitrary body,” any body is spelled as two words.

The grave robbers were not looking for just any body; they wanted the corpse of a famous person.

When planning a fishing trip, not just any body of water will do.

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