Stationery or Stationary

What is the difference between office stationery and office stationary? Stationery includes all office supplies and equipment. However, this should not be confused with stationary which has very little to do with office supplies.

It is very surprising to know that people often mis-spell stationery when looking for office supplies by typing stationary, as in standing still or not moving.

A definition of stationery

Noun [U]
Items needed for writing, such as paper, pens, pencils and envelopes
Good quality paper for writing letters on and matching envelopes
A definition of stationer

Noun [C]
A person or business that sells stationery
A definition of stationers

Noun [C] UK
A shop which sells stationery
A Definition of Stationary

Adjective
Not moving, or not changing
A stationary car or train
The traffic got slower and slower until it was stationary.
The rate of inflation has been stationary for several months.

(Adapted from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 
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