So, I thought it might be useful if I made a Friday column about the fundamentals of the English language, specifically American English since I’m not terribly familiar with any other kind. Mostly I just want people to stop making mistakes that might make others view them less positively.

Because let’s face it – when all you have are words by which to judge someone, how they use those words becomes important. So if you want to communicate effectively, proper use of the language is necessary. It just IS. With all that said, let’s move on to today’s lesson: stationary v. stationery. This one is going to be short and sweet, folks, because I had an English teacher who loved mnemonics.

StationAry means it Ain’t moving; stationEry means put it in an Envelope. Now, how easy is THAT? StationA(in’t moving)ry or StationE(nvelope)ry. Bam. You’re welcome. 😉

Next week, join me as we explore the fascinating case of affect and effect. Boy, THAT one will be a PAGE TURNER…err, scroller. Whatever. Also, I would LOVE IT if y’all would contribute your own ideas for columns. Do you have any linguistic pet peeves you just really need addressed? TELL US ALL ABOUT IT! No, seriously. Tell us. So I feel less like the picky freak I suspect I might be.

That said, have a good weekend, y’all!