Word Inquiry


The word ‘correct’ comes from Latin correct- meaning ‘made straight’.

It comes from the verb corrigere.

The word ‘correct’ is made up of cor- meaning ‘together’ and regere meaning ‘to guide’.

Its origins have been cited back to the 14th century. Its meaning was to punish someone and set them right. 

Related words: correctly, incorrect, incorrectly, corrected, correcting, recorrect, recorrected, recorrecting, corrects, correction, corrective, corrections, correctness, incorrectness, correctives


Ayton, John, Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins, Oxford University Press, 2013