From George Will’s most recent column about the conservative author and columnist William F. Buckley,
Buckley, who was gifted at discerning the metaphysical significance of the quotidian, thought that he saw civilization tottering on its pedestal. He was not mistaken:
“It isn’t just the commuters, whom we have come to visualize as a supine breed who have got onto the trick of suspending their sensory faculties twice a day while they submit to the creeping dissolution of the railroad industry. It isn’t just they who have given up trying to rectify irrational vexations. It is the American people everywhere.”
an adjective and a noun.
1. Daily, of every day, (quotidian fever, ague, recurring every day.); commonplace, trivial.
[Middle English, from Old French cotidien, -ian, or Latin cot-, quotidianus, (quot-, however many occur, every + diē, abl. of diēs, day); quotidie, daily, -AN]