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ironslippers
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7/2/2016 10:30:51 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
When ever seeing written quotes with error in them there will be (sic) post-error, What does this mean?
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7/3/2016 7:58:28 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 7/2/2016 10:30:51 PM, ironslippers wrote:
When ever seeing written quotes with error in them there will be (sic) post-error, What does this mean?

I think it means "as it was written".
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7/3/2016 11:29:22 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 7/2/2016 10:30:51 PM, ironslippers wrote:
When ever seeing written quotes with error in them there will be (sic) post-error, What does this mean?

You could have done as anyone smart would do and use google...

It stands for 'thus', or in full 'sic erat scriptum', which is Latin meaning 'thus it was written'. You use it when you are quoting a source and there is a 'spelling mistake'. As an example, because I live in Australia, when referencing U.S. texts and a word like 'organization' comes up, I should (but never do) write '(sic)' next to it, as Australia follows the British spelling of 'organisation'.

This is done to outline a 'spelling mistake' which was done by the source and not by yourself, so that readers do not have the impression that you made a mistake or wrote something strange (that's basically it).

You mostly will find (sic) in academic texts where a source is quoted but there may be an outright spelling mistake or simply a different spelling in a different country, or, quite popularly in reference to older texts which may spell things in a way which would be considered 'strange' nowadays.

But academically there is a whole other debate about the usage of sic, some saying that it ridicules spelling mistakes, is poor form and other nonsense.
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7/4/2016 3:36:25 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 7/3/2016 11:29:22 AM, WAM wrote:
At 7/2/2016 10:30:51 PM, ironslippers wrote:
When ever seeing written quotes with error in them there will be (sic) post-error, What does this mean?

You could have done as anyone smart would do and use google...

True, Thanks, I was compelled to post to the education forum and this came to mind

It stands for 'thus', or in full 'sic erat scriptum', which is Latin meaning 'thus it was written'. You use it when you are quoting a source and there is a 'spelling mistake'. As an example, because I live in Australia, when referencing U.S. texts and a word like 'organization' comes up, I should (but never do) write '(sic)' next to it, as Australia follows the British spelling of 'organisation'.

This is done to outline a 'spelling mistake' which was done by the source and not by yourself, so that readers do not have the impression that you made a mistake or wrote something strange (that's basically it).

You mostly will find (sic) in academic texts where a source is quoted but there may be an outright spelling mistake or simply a different spelling in a different country, or, quite popularly in reference to older texts which may spell things in a way which would be considered 'strange' nowadays.

But academically there is a whole other debate about the usage of sic, some saying that it ridicules spelling mistakes, is poor form and other nonsense.
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8/1/2016 9:48:45 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
How is this "debate" material? Seriously, a quick google search could have answered this question.
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