The stationary/stationery issue

I'll admit it: I am a big ol' jerk, a grammar snot if you will (I may have mentioned this before). Sadly, if you spell something incorrectly, I'll probably judge. Sorry, but it's true. :| I'm not perfect by any means, but I do like a correctly written sentence.

One word/homophone pair that gets confused a lot (other than "a lot," which is not one word, as some people seem to think): stationery vs. stationary. That's why I love this tote bag:

The genius Sapling Press created this helpful tote in case you - or any repeat offenders you know - need a quick reference. It really clears things up, huh? And if you're a mean, mean grammanimal like I, then you're in luck, because these bags are available in the Sapling Press shop here.

Originally spotted on Oh So Beautiful Paper. Photo from Sapling Press.

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  1. Turquoise MermaidJune 25, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    My grandfather had a way of associating the correct spelling with the correct concept: With stationEry, you need an Envelope. With stationAry, well, no Envelope. The secret is in the EEEEEEEEEE!

  2. Good tip - thanks, Turquoise Mermaid!

  3. wow...thanks so much for the tote love!