Miss-Elaineous Proofreading

Tips and Tricks for Perfectly Polished English

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Stationary and stationery

Unlike some of the more common homonyms (e.g. their/there/they’re or your/you’re), this is one that most people don’t think about until it comes time to spell it. 

Stationary with an A means immobile or unmoving. The strong anchor kept the ship stationary despite the rough seasGeorge remained stationary so as not to attract the attention of the angry bees.

Stationery with an E means writing paper or office supplies. I received a beautiful stationery set for my birthday. The stationery cupboard at the office was running low on supplies today.

I have an unusual way of keeping these words separate, but it seems to work: the letter A has two legs and is stationary; the letter e has a rounded bottom and is not.

Filed under common error spelling homonym homophone

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