Monday, October 11, 2010

A spelling lesson I must have missed

From Merriam-Websters:

sta·tion·ary adj \ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē\

1: fixed in a station, course, or mode: IMMOBILE

2: unchanging in condition

sta·tio·nery noun \ˈstā-shə-ˌner-ē\

1: materials (as paper, pens, and ink) for writing or typing

2: letter paper usually accompanied with matching envelopes

As spelling bee coordinator for our homeschool association, I spent a good chunk of today reviewing our word lists, checking for unmarked homonyms or other confusing words. I was shocked to find out there are two different spellings for these words. I told Marc about it at dinner and he had no idea either, and I consider him a pretty good speller. Even Anna, our super-speller and three-time spelling bee winner, didn't know.

I've learned my something new for the day.

What word do you commonly misspell?


  1. Kellie,

    A little trick I use to remember the difference between the two:

    a trAin is stationAry


    lEtters are written on stationEry


    Karen H

  2. I am a terrible speller. I constantly ask Michael to spell words for me while I am writing. Most problematic word, however, is regularly. I'm questioning if that is correct even though spell check says it is.

    We considered starting a spelling bee for our group this year but decided on a science fair instead. We may start the spelling bee next year. I may have to pick your brain. Oh...there's another one. I constantly spell Brian, Brain. lol :)

  3. Karen, thanks for the tip. I don't think I'll have any problem remembering now, since I'm so embarrassed for never noticing the difference. But I will use your tip for my children. : )

    Dawn, I do the same thing with Brian! That's the name of our swim team coach and I have to correct myself EVERY time I send him an email. I think it's more of a typing thing than a spelling thing though.

  4. Now that we are studying Ancient Egypt, I have come to realize that I often write "p-h-a-r-o-a-h" rather than "pharaoh"!!!!
    hmmmm :o)

    adorable blog btw!

  5. I did know about stationery and stationary; however, I learned something new this week. It is not lightening, but lightning (as in a lightning bolt).
    Correct way: "The lightning was lightening up the sky."
    Not, "The lightening was lightening up the sky."
    All these years....I never knew. : )

  6. I've always stumbled with that one too. Recently I worked out that

    stAtionEry involves

    That is my best mnemonic for that one.