In the office

Office supplies

Office vocabulary




  • Ballpoint (also BiroTM): a pen with a  tiny rotating ball that allows ink to flow as you write.  red ballpoint  pen; to write in black ballpoint pen; Ballpoint pen has dried out.
  • Binder clip: a metal device with  folding handles  that is designed to hold many sheets of paper together. to fasten together with binder clip. He used binder clip to organize wires.
  • Calculator: a small electronic device used for adding (+), subtracting (-), multiplying (x), or dividing (÷) numbers. The examinees are not allowed to share calculators during the exam.
  • Clipboard: a small board used for holding paper in position. She made a list of candidates on the clipboard.
  • Correction fluid (also white-out) a white, quick-drying liquid used for covering errors on paper. You can write on the correction fluid, it has dried.
  • Envelope: a flat container typically made of paper, for letters or documents in it. Put your address on the envelope.
  • Eraser (also rubber): a soft substance used for removing something made by a pencil. to rub out something with an eraser.
  • Folder: folding plastic or cardboard used for holding sheets of paper. Please keep these documents in a folder.
  • Glue stick: a tube with a sticky substance that is used for joining papers and cards together. Glue sticks are ideal for paper craft.
  • Highlighter: a marker that is used to bring notice to important passages of document by marking them with a bright colour. A typical highlighter is yellow because our eyes are most sensitive to yellow.
  • In tray: an open container on someone’s desk to put incoming documents in. His in tray is empty today.
  • Notepad: sheets of lined paper that are fastened together at top edge, used for recording notes. A notepad by the phone; plain notepad; to scribble a note in a notepad
  • Paper clip: a small wire or plastic  bent into a looped shape, and used for holding sheets of paper together. The paperclip was invented by Johan Vaaler.
  • Pencil: an instrument containing a marking substance, typically made of wood, for writing or drawing. Coloured pencil; to write in pencil; to sharpen a pencil
  • Pencil sharpener: a small device with a hole to put a pencil into and sharpen it by rotating it several times. Hand-held pencil sharpener; electric sharpener
  • Post-it TM (also Post-it note)  a small sticky paper used for writing short notes on. He labeled the folders with post-it notes.
  • Punched pocked (US sheet protector); flat, transparent bag with a row of holes that is used to attach a sheet of paper to a folder.  Please remove the document from the punched pocket.
  • Pushpin: a small pin with a large plastic head that is used for temporarily fastening papers or pictures on a wall or a board.  We fastened our holiday photos with pushpins to the wall.
  • Ring binder: a folder with two or three  rings inside that is used to hold papers or file folders. You have to put the punched pockets into the ring binder.
  • Rubber stamp: a small tool that is used for imprinting a name, logo or date by pressing it on paper.  He dated the letters with rubber stamp.
  • Scissors: a tool consisting of two pivoting blades that is used for cutting paper, cloth, hair etc. a pair of scissors.
  • SellotapeTM (also sticky tape; US Scotch tapeTM): a sticky and transparent material in a roll that is used to stich papers together. I need Sellotape to seal the package up. A device to hold and cut the tape is called a tape dispenser.
  • Stapler: a device used to join pieces of paper with staples (U-shaped wire).  A device to remove staples from paper is called a staple remover.
  • Wall chart: a large sheet of paper that is fastened to a wall and used for displaying information. A wall chart of the multiplication table 


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