Talk:Erratum

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I'm not putting it in myself because I'm an editor on that site. -- Jeandré, 2009-02-04t14:17z

"An erratum or corrigendum .... is a correction of a book. Errata are most commonly issued..." Sorry, but that's bulls**t. An erratum is the actual mistake, while corrigendum (Latin for "to be corrected") is a note setting the mistake straight. Of course, lists of mistakes in books are often titled as "errata" or "corrigenda", but that doesn't make those words mean "correction of a book". (Strictly speaking, the actual book isn't being corrected at all, it just gets added a sheet with a list of mistakes in it and their respective corrections, but that's probably splitting hairs.) Right now, I don't know what to do about this without getting too wordy, but this can't remain uncommented. 79.221.18.212 (talk) 00:49, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

The OED disagrees. A corrigendum is the actual mistake (that which is to be corrected). An erratum is also the actual mistake, but is chiefly used where it appears in a list of corrections. 81.187.36.50 (talk) 17:31, 14 February 2014 (UTC)