Ralph Umbarger, Houston USA The Latin adverb sic abbreviated from sic erat scriptum, "thus was it written" Paul Donnelly, Castlebay, United Kingdom As a case study for those interested in disecting reasons for divergent language this particular thread should excel.
The usage discussed above is, however, correct.
Jeff Adair on October 22, 2008 9: As a Scot living in England I am horrified by the mangling to which the English subject their language. Sic is…to indicate that it was not part of the original. May 29, 2015, at 1: A note of caution: I am writing a piece using UK english but quoting a lot of American writers — should I keep the American spelling in the quote and put [sic] after each word that uses the American spelling? April 29, 2017, at 9: The girl was never heard from again. What Does [sic] Mean?
Now I've read it all! April 4, 2013, at 12: It is strange that you have been told not to make any corrections or additions. Surely the purpose is to indicate the error of another in a direct quote, and the purpose of these comments is to inform those less confident in their language use rather than to confuse them with further misuse and ambiguity?
I can lend you no more then ten dollars. Raghav Gupta says: Sic is a handy literary device that allows you to capture the essence of a quotation or passage while still acknowledging an intentional error.
Hope that long-winded explanation has some value for somebody. Mark on October 18, 2010 9: What does sic mean? April 1, 2013, at 7: Ethical conundrums. Sic is usually italicized and placed right after the error.