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    Question misspelling intentional

    When you are writing something and you intentionally misspell something, such as you are quoting someone else and they misspelled it in their writing, what is the little mark you make to show the reader that you did this intentionally? I have forgotten.

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    Default Re: misspelling intentional

    sic

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    Lightbulb Re: misspelling intentional

    sic
    adv.

    Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sic&r=67
    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    Hope that helps.
    What does sic stand for? It's from Latin; i.e., so, but could it be, say, an acronym, maybe something like, said in context or something like that? Help.

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    It appears that sic is in fact a real Latin word meaning thus, and surprisingly is not an acronym for anything.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic


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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    It appears that sic is in fact a real Latin word meaning thus, and surprisingly is not an acronym for anything.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic

    Thanks.

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    Welcome.

    Source: The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
    http://nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu/quoting.html

    What if the original quoted passage has a mistake in it? Reproduce the misspelled word, and, to notify the reader that this mistake occurred in the original, follow it with the word sic in brackets (it's Latin for thus or so, here signifying "it was like this already"):

    Halder does his argument no credit when he opines, "History shows that men are more intelligent then [sic] women" (34).

    If you need to change anything else in the quotation or add some comment within it, indicate your change or addition by using square brackets [this], not parentheses (not this).

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    It doesn't have to be a misspelling -- any grammar error can also be signalled with [sic].

    "The standards of numeracy and literacy in our school system is [sic] declining."

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