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What's the difference between an appendix and an addendum?
Friday January 27th 2012
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What's the difference between an appendix and an addendum?
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Reader Felix asked, “What is the difference between an appendix and an addendum?"


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Appendix and addendum are similar in that both can be short sections at the end of a book. However, they contain different kinds of information, and they are there for different reasons.

Appendix

An appendix is a section of extra information that is useful to the reader. For example, a book on English grammar might have an appendix that lists the grammatical differences between American English and British English.

The plural form for appendix can be either appendices (traditional) or appendixes (more recently accepted).

One more thing: An appendix can also mean "a small organ connected to the large intestine in humans."

Addendum

An addendum is a section of new material that is added after the first edition or first printing of a book. The author may be correcting something in the original book, updating the information in the book, or providing an explanation for the author's work. In any case, it's an afterthought. Legal contracts can also have addendums.

The plural of addendum can be either addenda (traditional), or addendums (more recently accepted).
 

I hope this helps.

Jane

 

 

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