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About [sic]. Please read.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by dancehallclasher, Sep 12, 2004.


  1. You use [sic] when quoting somebody to indicate that they have made an error, and in quoting them you have not made a typo but are faithfully preserving that error in your quote.

    Thomas Jefferson, writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in a drunken stupor, scrawled "All men is [sic] created equal."

    OK? It is an editing mark. It is NOT used when you are unsure of the spelling of a word and just decide to tack it on instead of looking up the correct spelling. This drives me especially batty because it's one of those errors people make when they're trying to use a word or phrase that they don't really understand. Same with "for all intensive [sic] purposes" (shudder). It's a valiant attempt to make yourself look smart, but it has quite the opposite effect.

    So no more saying "Hey guys I think Arnold Shwarzelneger [sic] is a good actor!" unless you're quoting someone and pointing out his error, m'kay? M'kay.
     
  2. HAHAHAHAHA, I get it now, I'm dumb. :p :scowl: :(


    *didn't know what sic meant, now thinks it means spelling in correct* :meh:
     
  3. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Yeah, that's an irritant. Almost as bad as when, people use comma's and apostrophe mark's for no, apparent reason.
     
  4. haha...as long as that is a joke :eyebrow:


    :D
     
  5. no, it's latin for "thus." in other words "this is how it was really written." it applies to any mistake, not just spelling.
     
  6. OH

    *feels dumber :p :( *
     
  7. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    TalkBass: The Last Bastion for Proper (American) English on the Internet.
     
  8. Bassic83

    Bassic83

    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    Yes, my previous post was a joke. But just barely, these days...
     
  9. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    for you future historians out there, you're also not supposed to use it in historical documents, either. otherwise...every other word would have [sic] after it!
     
  10. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Speaking of... My wife is sik [sic].

    brad cook
     

  11. That's pretty [sic] dude.
     
  12. lbanks

    lbanks

    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Cut it out! I'm [sic] of this!
    [​IMG]
     
  13. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Don't make me [flic] a booger on you.

    brad cook
     
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    only nerds [pic] their noses
     
  15. Good Point DencedHellClashr [sic]
     
  16. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Nerds and [hic]s

    brad cook
     
  17. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    That shop at [wal*mart]
     
  18. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    *s[nic]ker*

    brad cook