The Duchess of Cornwall might have been somewhat surprised to read in an article that she is due to give birth next month. It is the Duchess of Cambridge who is expecting a baby.
The Maori placename Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamate aturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenua-kitanatahu is not quite as lengthy as we rendered it in a panel accompanying an article about very long words. Our spelling twice included a stray j – a consonant that does not appear in the Maori language.
The edition numbers printed in the newspaper were one number less than they should have been every day from 29 May to 4 June because the 28 May edition number was inadvertently repeated on 29 May.
Because of editing errors, an article on Thursday about a duo that has its first Top 10 single and its first No. 1 album on the Billboard album chart misstated its name at two points. As the article correctly noted elsewhere, it is Daft Punk — not Daft Puck or Daft Pink.
An interview with Saul Bellow’s son Greg said he was now 68, but also suggested he was 44 at the time of an incident that occurred in 1976. As at least one reader noticed, those figures did not add up. We now believe that Greg Bellow was born on 16 April 1944 and was 32 at the time of the incident in 1976; he was 68 at the time the interview was carried out, but was 69 by the time it was published.
Diary: Who was the quickest quick-change artist of them all? Bernard knows was amended because the original referred to speculations on whether Barbara Castle could have become Britain’s first prime minister. Britain’s first female prime minister, it should have said.
An article about eating mutton referred to the disastrous effects of the prolonged winter on sheep farmers and their livestock but said “resilient mutton are coping well”. A farmer points out that it is the sheep that are resilient; mutton is the meat that comes from them.
A Lost in Showbiz article about the actor Steven Seagal was removed from our website because it was based on a magazine article which was intended as fantasy.
Near homophone corner: “The Plain English Campaign led the criticism. ‘It’s nonsense,’ said Steve Jenner, spokesperson and radio presenter. ‘Where’s it going to stop. Are we going to declare war on comas, outlaw full stops?’”
An interview with Carrie Underwood asked the country music singer if she decided to become a vegetarian after seeing her parents castrate a cow. Unlikely. Only bulls can be castrated.
Criminalise squatting in commercial premises, say Tory MPs was corrected because it said the occupation of residential properties with permission had been made a criminal offence; without permission, it should have said.
Ukip surfs wave of disillusionment with EU to hit new poll high was corrected because the original said 56% of voters would probably or definitely vote to leave the UK if a referendum were held. That should have been the EU, not the UK.
A report about the publication of records containing the identities of MPs’ landlords said they showed that the Conservative MP Mark Garnier was renting from a “Paul Smith Esq” although it was uncertain if he was the fashion designer of the same name. The designer Paul Smith has asked us to make clear that he is not Mark Garnier’s landlord.
A Shortcuts item about the enduring – and, for many, irritating – popularity of Gangnam Style, the pop song and video by the South Korean rapper Psy, said it was “like a virus that is immune to antibiotics”. A doctor writes to point out that all viruses are immune to antibiotics, which are used to treat bacterial infections.
Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Flight Behaviour describes a team of entomologists arriving in an Appalachian town to study a vast flock of butterflies. They were not etymologists as we had it in a review of the novel.