An article about winners of the Queen’s awards for enterprise referred to “artificial preservatives such as ascetic acid”. As a reader pointed out, that would be an acid that denied itself base pleasures. We meant the better known acetic acid.
An agency story about the Vatican recruiting a hawk to protect the pope’s doves after two were killed by a crow and a seagull was deleted from our website because it was discovered to have been an April fools’ joke.
Peaches Geldof’s full name was given as Peaches Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof in an article in Tuesday’s paper. In fact, as she pointed out on Twitter in 2010, she was simply Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof: “The rest of the added names have never been mine.”
In the caption on a centre-spread Eyewitness picture showing one of the 10 largest stars found so far (by Earth-dwellers), we erred in saying that it was “One of the 10 biggest objects yet to be found in the solar system”. As a number of readers pointed out, there is only one star in the solar system: the sun.
Our failure to use a hyphen in a headline (Guardian named as world’s best designed newspaper) meant that, as one reader pointed out, we may be the world’s best in newspaper design, but not necessarily in punctuation.
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.