An Extensive Guide Defining 62 Terms of Stationery
Let’s begin by acknowledging the other form of the word stationary which means to stand or stay in one place, not moving. The spelling of the two is different by one letter. Make sure when you are discussing stationery, as discussed here on Revenge of Eve, you use the spelling with the ‘e’. I wouldn’t feel this was necessary but I have seen it misspelled being used in this context quite a few times.
Although my love of paper and office supplies can be traced back to my childhood, I never knew the extent of the terminology that defines it. To be honest I wasn’t aware that stationery included office supplies. I innocently thought it to be pretty, decorated or personalized paper pad/notebooks. See even I learn something every day!
That leads to the research behind this in-depth post, defining 62 terms of stationery. Be sure to comment if I have left something out. By no means do I have it all figured out. Y’all ready?
Let’s do this thang: Beginning with the definition of stationery.
Stationery is a mass noun referring to commercially manufactured writing materials, including cut paper envelopes, writing implements, continuous form paper, and other office supplies. It includes materials to be written on by hand or by equipment such as computer printers.
62 Terms of Stationery
adhesive: a sticky substance applied to objects to adhere them to another object.
appointment book: a book used to write out the time and date of a scheduled appointment.
acetate: a sheet of clear plastic film fastened over the front of artwork for protection, as an overlay, or the like.
ballpoint pen: an ink writing instrument with a tiny ball as its writing point.
bookends: two sturdy pieces of material that go on each end of a stack of books, stacked against each other standing up, holding them in place.
binder: a hardcover that holds loose papers together.
binder clip: a large metal and plastic tool used to hold papers tightly together.
blotter: a sheet or pad of blotting paper inserted into a frame and kept on a desk.
brad: a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end.
chipboard: a low grade of cardboard, used as backing pads of paper, a stiffener for photographs in the mailing, etc. A thin, stiff sheet material made from waste paper.
clipboard: a small, hardboard that you can attach papers to so that you can write on them while easily moving around.
correction fluid: applied with the provided brush leaving a white strip of fluid covering the mistake. Once dry one can write on top of it correcting the error.
correction tape: the dry form of correction liquid.
dater: a calendar.
desk pad: a cushioned pad, often topped with a blotter, for the surface of a desk.
desk tray: a tray used to hold and organize items you display on your desk.
envelope: an enclosure used for mailing documents, and letters that seal the contents inside.
eraser: used to remove unwanted pencil markings from the page.
expanding files: a folder that is used for organization and storage of documents and files and that has pleated sides which allow expansion of the folder.
fastener binder: any of various devices as a snap or hook and eye, for holding together two objects or parts sometimes required to be separate.
filing box: a box that contains file folders. These folders keep documents bundled together in separate files all contained within a box.
folder: a folded sheet of cardboard used to cover or hold papers, letters, etc.
fountain pen: a pen with a refillable reservoir that provides a continuous supply of usually fluid ink to its point.
glue stick: a stick with glue used for the easy application.
greeting card: a card that expresses feelings. Given to another person on holidays, birthdays, sick days, etc.
hanging folder: a folder with brackets that hang from the inside of a file box.
highlighter: a fluorescent pen that is translucent and used to highlight important terms or sentences. Quick reference.
index card: one of a set of the small card on which you write information.
invitation: a decorative piece of cardstock with the details of an event which request your presence. Wedding or a party; a gathering.
journal: a notebook that is used for logging personal information.
label: a blank sticker used for writing the contents of something for the organization.
label maker: a machine that types out information on labels to be placed on objects for organization purposes.
letter opener: a sleek, sharp knife like mechanism used to tear into the side of envelopes cutting a clean edge and opening the envelope.
letter scales: weighs the contents of the envelopes for postage.
magic marker: a permanent marker.
manila folder: a folder that is tan in color.
notebook: paper grouped together and bound by a spiral cord, thread or glue.
paper: material that is used for writing, mailing, wrapping, documenting and printing.
paper clips: a small piece of bent wire used for holding pieces of paper together.
paper punch: a tool used to punch designs or shapes out of paper.
pen: non-erasable writing implement offered with a variety of colored inks.
pencil: a writing implement made from wood or rubber and lead.
pencil sharpener: a hand-held tool or electric tool used to sharpen the lead of a pencil.
post it: a small, square, yellow piece of paper with an adhesive strip on the back. Used for taking brief notes and “posting” wherever it is convenient.
postal stationery: decorative papers with notes that are mailed to friends, family or work-related clients.
ring binder: a binder held together by rings. Allowing the contents to be removed and to add to the binder.
rotary file: a file that rotates.
rubber stamp: a stamp used to transfer ink that is made of rubber.
ruler: a straight line tool used to measure.
self-adhesive labels: strips of adhesive used to label containers for organization purposes.
signature: a grouping of papers held together using binding techniques.
stamp: a small tool with a pattern or writing on one side that you press into ink and use for printing a mark or design on paper.
staple remover: a claw-like tool that removes staples by prying them from where they are located.
stapler: a tool used to house staples to bind materials together.
staples: metal binding accessories used to hold groups of papers or other materials together.
stationer: these are either persons or a company who produce stationery commercially.
sticker: a decorative designed material with an adhesive backing used to decorate paper, planner, journal, etc.
tack: a short pin with a large, round top that can be used to fix a piece of paper to a surface temporarily.
tape: an adhesive that creates a bond for closure.
tape dispenser: holds the roll of tape while you peel and tear it from its spool.
trade card: a business card. There are now what are called artist trading cards and these are old playing cards or a page cut to that size that the artist decorates leaving their mark, if you will, and gives to others.
washi tape: a decorative tape that doesn’t damage paper if need to be moved or removed.