The word sic comes from the Latin “so, thus.”

We use [sic] after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original. If there is a grammatical error, misspelling or misstatement of fact in something we’re quoting, we insert [sic] right after the error to say that we copied the quotation word for word, including the error. The word sic is written in brackets and is italicized. Do not italicize the brackets.

Example: The Corporate Secretary wrote, “ABC Company will own up to it’s [sic] shortcomings.”

Don’t confuse this word with the verb sic, which means “to attack something or someone” or to order someone or something to attack another.

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