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In 1985, a reader wrote the New York Times correcting a reporter’s use of the phrase “hansom cabs” to describe the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. The reader pointed out that hansom cabs only have two wheels, whereas carriages have four. The Times published the letter, but continued to use the term “hansom cabs” incorrectly.

Finally, in December 2011, the paper printed a correction for the long running mistake. The article was not the first time the paper has issued a correction for an error long after the mistake was made. Shortly after Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, the Times retracted an editorial from 1920 claiming space travel was impossible.

--New York Times Corrects 26-Year-Old Error; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/new-york-times-correction-error_n_1145915.html; December 13, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Proverbs 10:17 (CEV) “Accept correction, and you will find life; reject correction, and you will miss the road.”

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