Wrong Word Wednesday #4

Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television.

Stationary vs Stationery

This is more a case that most people are not sure which version applies to which context. One means that an object that is usually moving is presently still. The other refers to office equipment such as pens and pencils etc. There is an easy way to remember which is which.

E for Envelope

So if your boss send you an email asking “Do you keep stationary?” You are quite within your rights to respond “No, I’m always on the move.”


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