"stationary" vs. "stationery"

There’s no spelling error here. Although both words are pronounced the same way,  “stationary” and “stationery” do not have the same meaning. Yet, you sometimes see mistakes.

  • stationary (adj.) – not moving
  • stationery* (n.) – writing materials like pen, pencil, eraser, exercise book etc.

Therefore, it is incorrect to say:

  • I want to go to the bookstore to get some stationary. (X)
  • Vehicles were stationery for hours on the highway. (X)

*NOTE:
Stationery” does not have a plural form, so you cannot add an “-s“. So, it is wrong to say:

  • I’m buying some stationeries. (X)
  • I’m buying some stationery. (√)
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Posted on June 17, 2010, in Jottings and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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