Constantine A. Murenin writes:
This is nonsense. 'Errata' is plural, and even Webster online
dictionary says so. Most other dictionaries specifically list it as
plural. Spelling and grammar checkers mark it as plural.
Webster online says, and I quote, "2 entries found for errata". The
entries are labeled "errata" and "erratum".
Click on the the "errata" entry and it says the the *Etymology* is the
Latin plural of erratum, but the definition is singular:
": a list of corrigenda; also : a page bearing such a list"
Click on the "erratum" entry and it says the plural of erratum is
Search Webster online for "erratas" and it returns the singular entry
for errata. Search for "erratums" and it says "The word you've
entered isn't in the dictionary." In other words, "erratas" is in the
dictionary, as the plural of the singular meaning of errata.
erratum [singular] - a (meaning one) corrigendum
errata [plural] - plural of erratum, multiple corrigenda
errata [singular] - a (meaning one) list of corrigenda
erratas [plural] - plural of errata, mutiple lists of corrigenda
My dictionary says this, Webster online says this, and it's how I've
heard "errata" used for decades.
Dick St.Peters, stpeters(_at_)NetHeaven(_dot_)com
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