The Post Office, owned by the British Government’s Department for Business, is a well-known and highly utilised shop on many British street corners. Its service and convenience is highly valued but they have recently come unstuck and we have caught them out!

A sign was spotted which made a simple but fatal error, it read: Available here… Stationary, Confectionary. This left us confused, were they suggesting they were selling ‘non-moving or not intended to be moved’ items or had one of the largest government owned companies in Britain made an embarrassing, primary school spelling mistake? We had to only assume they were spelling the noun: stationery e.g. pens and paper as opposed to the adjective: stationary! The same goes with confectionary, this spelling would suggest the post office are selling ‘the art of making food items rich in sugar and carbohydrates.’ Whereas, confectionery would suggest a good old fashion Twix is on sale.

This really should reiterate the importance of checking over your writing, whether it be on your CV before it’s sent off to a future employer or on a nationwide poster, like the one in the Post Office. We have asked around and put together a list of the most noteworthy spelling mistakes that we see daily. These are the correct spelling, so make a note!

  • Itinerary
  • Conscientious
  • Diary
  • Committee
  • Accommodation
  • Definitely
  • Organisation
  • Stationery
  • Liaise
  • Essentials
  • Supersede

Next time you are in the Post Office see if you can spot the mistake and remember to always re-read your work!

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