error vs err :

error vs err

error or err

"To err is human, to purr is feline." --Robert Byrne.

Error is the state, quality and condition of being wrong. It is a mistake or an accidental wrong action or a false statement not made deliberately.

"Pardon me, it is an error on my part."

Err is to commit a sin or a vital mistake. It is to stray away from a definite path into the figurative bush.

When you make a mistake, you err. "err" is a verb while "error" is a noun.

Error and err both relate to making a mistake. ‘Error’ is a noun, while ‘err’ is a verb. 

“Ali made too many errors on the test, so he didn’t pass.”

“I’d rather err on the side of caution than jump in without knowing all the facts.”

You will also hear ‘err’ in the English aphorism:

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” 

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  • n  a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    she was quick to point out my errors
  • n  inadvertent incorrectness
  • n  a misconception resulting from incorrect information
  • n  (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
  • n  departure from what is ethically acceptable
  • n  (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
  • n  part of a statement that is not correct
    the book was full of errors

  • v  to make a mistake or be incorrect
  • v  wander from a direct course or at random
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    Human error caused the order of candidates to be incorrectly listed on ballots for the recent Little Elm Independent School District school board election.
    June 13, 2013 - The Little Elm Journal
  • Court isolates plea deals from judges' error
    WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday unanimously threw out an appeals court ruling that said a judge's advice to plead guilty was a harmful error.
    June 13, 2013 - UPI
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  • Golf briefs for Thursday, June 13, 2013
    The 26th annual Err-Sker-Ber tournament is slated for Saturday, June 22 at Shady Oaks golf course, south of Amboy. It begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $50 and includes golf, cart, t-shirt and a hole-in-one contest.
    June 13, 2013 -
  • correction
    The Daily News always seeks to be accurate in its news coverage, but when we make a mistake, we want to know. Readers noting mistakes in stories are encouraged to call city editor Katie Lovett or editor John Macone at 978-462-6666. ¢¢¢ To correct err
    June 13, 2013 - The Daily News of Newburyport
  • Mental fitness at issue for Arlington Heights man accused of killing dad
    Saying she wanted to "err on the side of caution," Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletor on Wednesday set a July 2 date for a hearing on defendant Steven Cole's mental fitness to stand trial. Cole, 42, is charged with murder in the 2011 stabbing death of his father Stuart Cole, 69, in the family's Arlington Heights home
    June 12, 2013 - Daily Herald