Twentieth century dictionaries define stationary as not mobile, and stationery as writing paper and envelopes.
The word \"stationery\" however was originally spelled with an \"a\" in English. It derived from the fact that such products were sold in \"stationary\" shops and not from travelling peddlers. Both spelling derive from the Latin stationarius defined as a place where something is located.
A look at Internet search patterns indicates that more users search for stationary than stationery. This ranges from over twice as many searches for \"email stationary\" than \"email stationery\" to an approximately 6% preference for \"business stationary\" over \"business stationery\".
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