The word error entails different meanings and usages relative to how it is conceptually applied. The concrete meaning of the Latin word "error" is "wandering" or "straying". Unlike an illusion, an error or a mistake can sometimes be dispelled through knowledge (knowing that one is looking at a mirage and not at real water does not make the mirage disappear). For example, a person who uses too much of an ingredient in a recipe and has a failed product can learn the right amount to use and avoid repeating the mistake. However, some errors can occur even when individuals have the required knowledge to perform a task correctly. Examples include forgetting to collect change after buying chocolate from a vending machine, forgetting the original document after making photocopies, and forgetting to turn the gas off after cooking a meal. Some errors occur when an individual is distracted by something else.
Famous quotes containing the word error:
“Truth is the kind of error without which a certain species of life could not live. The value for life is ultimately decisive.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
—Edmund Burke (17291797)
“The next work of Carlyle will be entitled Bow-Wow, and the title-page will have a motto from the opening chapter of the Koran: There is no error in this Book.”
—Edgar Allan Poe (18091845)