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What’s the Plural of Erratum?

Last updated on October 17th, 2023 at 01:21 am

What’s the plural of erratum?

Erratum are a “list of mistakes in a published work”. The plural of erratum is errata. Erratas, which developed as the English plural noun form, is rarely used and considered incorrect according to some sources.

What does the word erratum mean?


The word erratum is defined in the dictionary as, “a list of errors or corrections to be made (in a book)”.

Erratum derives from Latin, and uses the standard Latin suffixes of um as a singular noun and as a plural. Like the other nouns from Latin in the chart below (e.g., memorandum/memoranda, addendum/addenda) erratum/errata shares the same pattern from singular to plural.

Latin nouns:

English nouns from Latin (use on/um/a suffixes).
English nouns from Latin that use um/on/a (Latin suffixes).

Examples of erratum used in context

The following sentences show the correct use of the singular noun erratum in context:

1. If there is an error or omission in a report, an erratum is issued.

2. Genuine errors will usually be acknowledged in a subsequent erratum.

3. A small erratum slip in the book itself explains that it was a mistake.

4. As a consequence, later versions of the book came out with an erratum slip longer than the entire introduction.

5. He was not able to produce an erratum or oversee a corrected edition.

Examples of errata used in context

The following sentences show the correct use of the plural noun errata in context:

1. While they were at it, all the errata and questions were evaluated, and many sections of the rules were re-written in an effort to make the game clearer.

2. Pain, which he recognized as one of the great errata of his life.

3. The list of errata inserted at the beginning which contains only two corrections is far from adequate.

4. The last errata came just in time to be inserted.

5. Some have the Errata notice but have no printing on the inside front cover.

Synonyms of erratum

  • error
  • typo
  • mistake
  • blemish

Origin of the word erratum

From etymonline on erratum:

An error in writing or printing,” 1580s, from Latin erratum (plural errata), neuter past participle of errare “to wander; to err’.


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  1. Definition of erratum.
  2. Origin of the word erratum.