I think of some of the strangest things while waiting in the check-out line at the supermarket. The difference between stationary and stationery, for instance, and the handy trick to remember which is which. First, let’s look at their definitions.
stationary: adjective 1. standing still; not moving.
2. having a fixed position; not movable.
3. established in one place; not itinerant or migratory.
4. remaining in the same condition or state; not changing.
stationery: noun 1. writing paper.
2. writing materials, as pens, pencils, paper, etc.
Now, here’s the simple trick: the one with an “e” includes envelopes.
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