[ih-rah-tuh, ih-rey-, ih-rat-uh]
- plural of erratum.
- a list of errors and their corrections inserted, usually on a separate page or slip of paper, in a book or other publication; corrigenda.
Origin of errata
First recorded in 1625–35
Errata is originally the plural of the singular Latin noun erratum. Like many such borrowed nouns ( agenda; candelabra ), it came by the mid-17th century to be used as a singular noun, meaning “a list of errors or corrections to be made (in a book).” Despite objections by some to this singular use, it is common in standard English: The errata begins on page 237. When errata clearly means “errors,” it takes plural verbs and pronouns: Although errata were frequent in the first printing, most of them were corrected in subsequent printings. As a singular noun, errata has developed an English plural form erratas, which is rarely used.
[ih-rah-tuh m, ih-rey-, ih-rat-uh m]
Origin of erratum
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Examples from the Web for errata
Those mentioned in the Errata at the end of the book are hyperlinked to that section.The Sceptical Chymist
The extent of these ancient lists of errata staggers belief.The Booklover and His Books
Harry Lyman Koopman
The errata have been corrected the same way, except that they are underlined in blue.The Stranger in France
There were 1500 errata in the work, and a special charge of £2, 4s.A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898
Henry R. Plomer
The Errata page above is transcribed from the original text.Pung Chow
Lew Lysle Harr
- the plural of erratum
- an error in writing or printing
- another name for corrigendum
C16: from Latin: mistake, from errāre to err
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Word Origin and History for errata
plural of erratum (q.v.).
"list of corrections attached to a printed book," 1580s, from Latin erratum (plural errata), neuter past participle of errare (see err).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper