stationary versus stationery

Confused Words

Good Tuesday, and rest assured, shoppers; this desk is going nowhere!

These easily confused words are just similar enough to get past the best of us. See if you can get them right without turning to Google or a dictionary.
  1. If Jim saw one more last-minute Top Line change, he was going to impose his own version of (martial, marshal) law on the merchants.
  2. Ralphie aimed his Red Ryder rifle, Old Blue, at the last intruder (clambering, clamoring) over the fence.
  3. She wanted a chocolaty afternoon pick-me-up, but those David’s Cookie samples never suited her (pallet, palette, palate).
  4. Viewers enjoyed the (climatic, climactic) ending to The Walking Dead’s season finale.
  5. Rudy let out a sigh when he saw his queue was full of arts and crafts, including bundles of (stationary, stationery) in various sizes and colors.

  1. Martial is an adjective relating to war or the military. Marshal is an officer of the law.
    If Jim saw one more last-minute Top Line change, he was going to impose his own version of martial law on the merchants.

  2. Clamoring is a vocal noise. Clambering is a type of climbing that requires considerable effort and use of hands and feet.
    Ralphie aimed his Red Ryder rifle, Old Blue, at the intruder clambering over the fence.

  3. A pallet is a flat platform onto which goods are loaded. A palette is the flat board an artist mixes paint on or, by extension, a range of colors. Your palate is the roof of your mouth or, by extension, your sense of taste.
    She wanted a chocolaty afternoon pick-me-up, but those David’s Cookie samples never suited her palate.

  4. Climatic refers to climate. Climactic refers to forming a climax.
    Viewers enjoyed the climactic ending to The Walking Dead’s season finale.

  5. Stationary means not moving or standing still. Stationery is writing paper.
    Rudy let out a sigh when he saw his queue was full of arts and crafts, including bundles of stationery in various sizes and colors.
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