February 2, 2010

Word of the day

Are you aware of the difference between "stationery" and "stationary?"  Usually, I see either word correctly referenced, but in case you were unsure, it's worth mentioning the following differences: 

• "Stationery" with an "-ery" is material, such as a personalized note card from Good Gravy!, that you use for correspondence.

• "Stationary" with an "-ary" is the description of an object that is fixed or immobile, such as a stationary bike.

You could use your personalized stationery to write about your latest stationary bike ride.  But, if you're allergic to exercise like I am (self-diagnosed, of course), you'll probably write on your personalized stationery about your love for being stationary.

And now you know.  :)

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4 comments:

kaylin rose and mara anne said...

i learned something today...thank you for sharing!

tracey said...

I always have trouble with this one! so I now remember this by "e" means envelope to know it goes with stationery. ha!

Christina said...

My way to remember this is stationery has an er like pap-er.

Lynda said...

I just ran across this post. I was taught the difference by the "e" for envelope. Since that day, many years ago, I never have forgotten the difference in the two.