Every Now and Then
“Every now and then” is an English phrase that simply means “sometimes.” It is a common expression. While the exact origin of the phrase is unclear, the earliest recorded use is in 1967. The word “now” is of Germanic origin, and the expression “now and then” is attested from the 1530s.
The expression every now and then is used in conversation to mean “occasionally.” Every now and again can also be used to mean “once in awhile.” This phrase refers to a situation that occurs once in a while, such as when a person gets a bad news. People may get sick when they get news about their loved ones.