Saturday 21 September 2019

New York Times correct spelling mistake 161 years later

New York Times correct a spelling mistake they made 161 years ago (Stock photo)
New York Times correct a spelling mistake they made 161 years ago (Stock photo)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The New York Times have today corrected a spelling error they made 161 years ago.

The article, which was printed on January 20, 1853, told the story of Solomon Northup, a freed slave who had just published his memoirs entitled ’12 Years A Slave’.

Northup’s book became a movie 160 years later, and won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday evening.

The New York Times apologised today for misspelling his name as ‘Northrop’ in the article and ‘Northrup’ in the headline.

“The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives,” the newspaper wrote today.

Despite the errors, The Times described the article at the time as ‘a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared’.

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The correction on today's New York Times website

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