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Stationary or stationery?

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A stack of manila paper.
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Another constant howler. Ban all stationary orders at your office; after all, they’re going nowhere fast.

‘Stationary’ means to be immobile.

‘Stationery’ refers to stuff like paper and envelopes.

Here’s how to remember:

‘Stationery’ has an ‘e’ before the ‘y’. The word ‘envelopes’, a type of stationery, begins with an ‘e’.

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  1. ‘a’ of the stationary can be related to a in ‘stand ‘.’Someone who is standing still is stationary’.

    sunil balani

    05/03/2010 at 4:50 pm

    • Hello, Sunil — how nice to see you here again. Many thanks for that excellent tip and for taking the time to share it here.


      05/03/2010 at 6:48 pm

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