Did you ever think that critics take more delight in pointing out your little typos and brain slips than anybody else's? You're wrong. They take more delight in pointing out mine than anybody else's.

It could be because I make more typos and brain slips than anybody else. Like millions of other people, I have Irlen's Syndrome, that forces me to interpret text in any language in whole sentences. If I see a single word on a board or sign, without any context, I'm very likely to read it wrong. In reading sentences I can make out the meaning without actually noticing whether all the words are spelled correctly. Since 1984 I have been able to program desktop computers to help with reading and writing, and nowadays there are spell-checkers to help me make somewhat fewer mistakes writing the kind of stuff that gets people like me mixed up. But there will still be a lot of errors that I cannot catch and if an editor also misses them, there they are.

I have not yet found that any of the genuine errors (I contrast this to imaginary errors that have been misreported, or manufactured errors that can only be forced to appear by taking phrases out of context or giving them bizarre readings that were clearly not intended) have anything to do with the substance of what I have written. It could happen, even though I try my best to keep it from happening. Fortunately, the volume of correspondence suggests that most if not all readers easily recognize the errors for what they are, and nobody is being misled into thinking that things happened in unlikely times or places; only copy-editors, so far as I can see, are blind to the bloopers. If I could magically correct all the errors that have been kindly and unkindly pointed out (they do get corrected as opportunity arises), they would not have the slightest effect on the line of my interpretations or my evidence for those interpretations. But it would make things nicer for my teachers and colleagues, so I wish it could happen.

The pages included in this site concentrate on known genuine errors, of which there are many...