Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Stationery vs Stationary

Many moons ago ['twas the last millennium, in fact] a member of our William Arthur Blog Team worked for a popular stationery retailer in the Boston area. An area newspaper held a contest where readers voted for their favorite local businesses and the stationer was chosen as one of the reader favorites. Unfortunately, the staff was disappointed when they received their award, a special framed certificate that proclaimed "Best Stationary Store." Stationary, as in store that doesn't move. Like most stores you probably shop at. In fact, the only retail business we can think of that isn't stationary is an ice cream truck.

61% of Google searches for stationery are mis-spelled "stationary." You can't even trust your spell check—usually when you've written the word "stationery," it thinks you've spelled it wrong. It's a common mistake, but one that can be avoided if you remember this helpful advice. For fine stationery like William Arthur, just remember "e is for Envelope!"

Stationery images: Embossed Cycle Notes, Letterpress Palm Tree Note, Black Bordered Yellow & White Monogramed Notes
Bike, Santa Monica Blvd, Ten Downing Street: courtesy of Google images


  1. Such a great article! Everyone at FineStationery.com loves your new blog! Keep up the good work and stop by ours sometime if you get the chance!

  2. Thanks Jess! We certainly will stop by and thank you so much for taking the time to read our new blog. We appreciate it! ;)

  3. love this post and I hate to admit it but I may have been making the same mistake for most of my life :)

    What a great tip... E is for Envelope... E is for Envelope...

  4. Hi Elle... You are in good company. Maybe the "E is for Envelope" tip will finally do the trick! ;)

  5. Well, I committed the same mistake too. you're probably right, sometimes stationery doesn't seem correct and I don't know why. I often use the word stationary and a friend of mine once corrected me when I wrote down the word wedding stationary.

  6. Hi Michelle... maybe our tip will work for you?!! Or perhaps, our visual! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. ;)


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