A. Ross Eckler


In the March 1983 issue of Omni magazine, the International Paper Company presented a two-page advertisement containing various spelling tips by novelist John Irving. To help the bad speller gain confidence, he suggested the following rule:

What about -ary or -ery? Just remember that there are only six common words in English that end in -ery. Memorize them, and feel fairly secure that all the rest end in -ary: cemetery, millinery, distillery, monastery, confectionery, stationery (as in paper).