Stationery vs Stationary

Stationery vs Stationary


These two words are homonyms.


Homonyms are two words that sound the same, but mean two different things.


Stationery and Stationary are spelled almost alike, however they have very different origins.


So which is correct?


Stationary comes from the Latin stationarius, meaning "belonging to a military station".


Pronuncation: sta·tion·ar·y /ˈstāSHəˌnerē/

Adjective: Not moving or not intended to be moved.

E.g. "A van collided with a stationary vehicle"


Stationery comes from the Middle English noun staciouner, which means a bookseller.


Pronuncation: sta·tion·er·y/ˈstāSHəˌnerē/

Noun: Writing paper, especialy with matching envelopes.

          Office Supplies.

E.g. A4 Copier Paper, Pens & Pencils, Lever Arch Files


How to remember.


If you want paper, envelopes, pens and pencils etc you want Stationery.


Think of the E for envelopes and you will get it right every time.


But no matter how you spell it, here at Rytetype Business Supplies we don't mind, we just want to supply you with it.