corrigendum was our Word of the Day on 10/10/2013. Hear the podcast!
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Did You Know?
If you guessed that "corrigendum" might be connected to the word correct, you are quite right. Both "corrigendum" and "correct" derive from the Latin verb corrigere, which means "to correct." The noun "corrigendum" and its plural "corrigenda" came to us unaltered from Latin in the early 19th century. The verb "correct" is much older; it has been part of our language since at least the 14th century. Other descendants of the very correct "corrigere" include "incorrigible" and "escort."
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