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Please could somebody explains what [sic] means

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ElfOnTheTopShelf Mon 05-Jan-09 20:28:14

Please grin

theinsider Mon 05-Jan-09 20:29:00

"thus" as in, "their mistake, not mine" usually grin

FAQtothefuture Mon 05-Jan-09 20:29:00


oregonianabroad Mon 05-Jan-09 20:29:28

It means 'the person I am quoting made a grammatical/ spelling mistake and I am so clever, I didn't change it but I want you to know I noticed it.'

tootiredtothink Mon 05-Jan-09 20:29:53

Oh thank the lord someone has asked grin.

Waiting in anticipation (does that make sense? I am EXTREEMLY scared to be posting in the pedants' corner blush).

tootiredtothink Mon 05-Jan-09 20:30:18

Too long to post as per usual blush.

LadyOfWaffle Mon 05-Jan-09 20:30:23

I love [sic] grin

RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Mon 05-Jan-09 20:30:26

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midnightexpress Mon 05-Jan-09 20:30:31

Yes. It means 'I am quoting this even though I know it's wrong'. So if you quote something with a apelling mistake in it, you keep the spelling mistake and put [sic] in brackets.


She had written 'I think I'll go their [sic] on holiday' in her essay.

Mamazon Mon 05-Jan-09 20:30:50

yes it is very smug

midnightexpress Mon 05-Jan-09 20:31:23

spelling mistake.


dingdongDOZYMAREishigh Mon 05-Jan-09 20:31:31

I always think it means "Spelling Is Crap" grin

LadyOfWaffle Mon 05-Jan-09 20:32:36

like if you see someone wrote

MN is the best website on he earth

you would quote it

"MN is the best website on he earth" [sic] ie. I know it should be the, not he, I am quoting with their mistake. Kind of.

ElfOnTheTopShelf Mon 05-Jan-09 20:33:53

cor blimey, am not smug enough to use that grin
Many thanks

ElfOnTheTopShelf Mon 05-Jan-09 20:36:20

I saw it used once and had no idea what it meant, perhaps I shouldn't have thought "what a muppet, unable to spell but getting all uppity with that fancy bracet thingy" grin blush

Quattrocento Mon 05-Jan-09 20:38:41

I've used it on here - I need help, don't I?

ElfOnTheTopShelf Mon 05-Jan-09 20:40:14

no, it makes sense now I know what it means!!

edam Mon 05-Jan-09 20:40:23

<whispers> me too, Quattro. Only once, though!

PortBlacksandResident Mon 05-Jan-09 20:56:14

I'm 35 and only realised that Natch was short for Naturally last week. Before that i thought it meant 'eek'.

FattipuffsandThinnifers Mon 05-Jan-09 21:24:35

It means 'said in context'.

(I'm probably missing out on a joke here aren't I - are we supposed to be coming up with witty/scathing answers? grin)

midnightexpress Mon 05-Jan-09 21:27:57

Erm, well, I think it actually means 'thus', as theinsider said earlier on, fattipuffs. I hate to be pedantic, but we are in pedants' corner wink

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