Used when quoting someone directly usually in newspapers and placed after the person being quoted makes a spelling error. Bernheimer wrote: He called MacBeth Thane of Cawdor as though Thane was an enobled sic title, whereas a thane in medieval Scotland and England was a servant or attendant.
Ethical conundrums. Pleasant also to see the word misused as in irony. It is used by writers quoting someone to alert the reader to the fact that an error or other weirdness in the quoted material is in the original, and not an error of transcription.
I guess I never thought about that one. Adam Taussik, London Sic is short for Sicut, a Latin word which, for those familiar with Latin choral works, crops up in Sicut erat in principio... Christine, Orlando USA 'Backronyms' created to fit the word, but not creating the word such as "spelling is correct", "same in copy", "spelling intentionally conserved", "said in context", or "sans intention comique" French: Mwachala, Nairobi Kenya King James' court recorder wanted to send a coded message to his lover also one of the King's mistresses.
It is used to point out a grammatical error, misspelling, misstatement of fact, or, as above, the unconventional spelling of a name.
Another word in this case for "DUH. Huw Griffiths, Norfolk England It means: If you want to quote someone or something in your work, and you notice the source material contains a spelling or grammatical error, you use sic to denote the error by placing it right after the mistake.
Why do so many commentators then intentionally make mistakes and insert sic after their own errors?
Another common Latin expression you might come across is sic transit gloria mundi. I use sic to show that the mistake was made by the speaker, not myself in transcribing the words.
Writing, grammar, and communication tips for your inbox. And I ordered the free eBook as well, so my day is off to a good start. Fine examples of such usage can often be found in Private Eye Wilf, Puebla Mexico sic is an abbreviation for 'standard idiom communique' which, to the illiterate proletariat, meant that the words preceding sic were in fact spelled correctly, and that they should refrain from posting idiotic complaints about the subject.
Renee on November 12, 2010 12: To CC, ad hoc is a networking term where you share a network connection from one network adapter to another network adapter on the same computer. For some reason, I thought the same thing as Eric and Jeff.
It's used when quoting something with a spelling mistake or other glaring error, to mean Don't blame me, I'm only quoting. Email address required: Sic means that's what they said, I know it sounds incorrect, but that's verbatim what was spoken. Speculative science. CC on June 13, 2009 7: