Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sic

This is a Latin word originally meaning "thus", "so", "as such", or "just as that".

Nowadays, it is used primarily in square brackets [sic] to indicate something of interest, and also when a word or expression is quoted verbatim - this is usually done when there is a spelling or grammatical error, or unusual usage of language.

The US constitution for instance states:
The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker.

This store sums up its appeal as "styley [sic], confident, sexy"...
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1 comment:

helmswondermom said...

Very interesting.  I have had to use sic before when quoting someone.
You know, you have opened up a whole new subject: "chuse".  Jane Austen spelled choose that way.  I wonder if it were a common and acceptable spelling at one time?  I use a quote of hers as my email signature right now, and in her original quote she spelled choose that way.
Lori