"As usual" versus "As always"

Hello! how is it going?

It?s saturday, isn?t it? :oops:

My questions:

1.- Example: I went to the doctor as usual.

Has “As usual” the meaning of “as always”?

I am trying to say "I go to the doctor everyday
and that day (we don?t know which day
in the past) I went as well.

2.- What on earth and what the devil. Do
both of them mean the same?

Here it?s my examples:

What on earth were you doing in
my bedroom?

What the devil are you doing in my
bathroom now?

Thanks indeed!

1-- In Japanese, ‘itsumo’ means both always and usually, but in English the two words are of different frequency: always = without exception; usually = most times/cases.

The user of your phrases, as usual and as always, probably intends about the same frequency, because the phrases themselves have more to do with habit: as usual suggests an expected, habitual repetition, while as always suggests the inevitability of the recurrent event.

That’s how I see them, anyway.

2-- While the two epithets are evoked by a similar lack of expectation on the part of the speaker, What on earth expresses simple shock and surprise, while What the devil adds a note of upset or irritability to the mix.

As you may know, there are a number of similar phrases–

What in the world…?
What in heck/hell…?
What the blazes…?
What in the name of…?

The ones which border on the sacrilegious or obscene tend to convey more anger.

Hi! How are you doing?

Thanks for your replies, Mr. Micawber!

I don?t know if I understood correctly
the answer to my first question, so…

HAve ’ As usual ’ and ‘as always’ got the same
meaning in my sentence?

Example: ‘I went to the doctor as usual’
(=I went to the doctor when
something happened to me, and
that day (we don?t know which day)
I went as well)


I usually buy chicken for dinner (=not

I always buy chicken for dinner (=always, everyday)

As for my second question,

you said: What ‘a’ hell…?

I thought it was What ‘the’ hell…?

Can I say ‘What ‘a’ hell…?’ as well?

Thanks a million!

I went to the doctor as usual/as always – both carry the same general message: it is a routine.

I usually buy chicken for dinner (=not always) – Yes.
I always buy chicken for dinner (=always, every day) – Yes

You said: What ‘a’ hell…? – No, I wrote, What in hell. What the hell is OK too (except in mixed company).

Hi, Mr. Micawber! Thanks indeed!

Yes, you wrote “in”. I got confused. I knew I
had seen something that I had never learnt
before. It was not an “a” but an “in”.
Well, What in/the hell was I thinking of?

:evil: :evil: :evil:

Enjoy Sunday!