Sic

What does Sic mean?

Spelling incorrect

Ever come across the term (sic) after a word in a quote and wondered what it means? Well, it’s a shorthand way of saying, “Yes, I know this word is spelled wrong, but it’s not my mistake.” It’s a way for the person using the quote to keep the original words intact, while also making it clear that they didn’t make the typo.

When someone includes (sic) in a quote, it’s like they’re saying, “This isn’t my error, but I didn’t want to change the quote.” It’s a way of staying true to the original text, while also not taking the blame for any spelling mistakes in it.

But it’s not just for quotes. Sometimes, people might use (sic) or (sic?) in a message when they’re not sure if they’ve spelled a word right. It’s like a protective shield, so spelling perfectionists won’t get distracted by a possible typo and can stay focused on the overall message.

Example for using ‘Sic’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that article about the “beutiful” sunset? πŸŒ…

Yeah, I did. It was amazing! But wait, did you mean “beautiful”? πŸ˜…

Haha, yeah, I guess I made a little spelling mistake there. It should be “beautiful” (sic). πŸ˜…

No worries! I just wanted to make sure I understood correctly. The sunset was truly breathtaking, though! πŸŒ„