These two words are mixed up all the time. It's not a surprise given that they're perfect homophones.
But no matter what Google says (about people's search terms), they're technically different words and shouldn't be used interchangeably.
StationAry is the SAT/ACT vocabulary word that means standing still. In other words, a lack of action - like a stationary bike. So A = no action.
StationEry is the word that refers to pretty paper and matching envelopes that women, in particular, love to buy from places like Etsy. So E = excessively elegant and expensive writing materials.
Don't get me wrong. I get suckered into buying lots of pretty frilly stationery too, so it's definitely a habit that I'm trying to curtail!
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