The origin and meaning of [sic]

The bracketed Latin term tells readers that a particular error appeared in the source material and was not an oversight by the later text’s editor or transcriber. Here’s how to use it properly.

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“What does [sic] mean?”

Sic in square brackets is an editing term used with quotations or excerpts. It means, “That’s really how it appears in the original.”

It is used to point out a grammatical error, misspelling, misstatement of fact or the unconventional spelling of a name.

For example, you might want to quote the printed introduction to a college catalog:

Maple Leaf College is well-known for it’s [sic] high academic standards.

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