When I say misused words, I mean words like Past vs. Passed, Being vs. Been, That vs. Which, Precede vs. Proceed, A While vs. Awhile, it’s vs. its; and many more etc. These are basically words that have similar pronunciation or have nearly the same meaning. And hence, because of their similarities, people end up using the 2 pairs of words interchangeably thereby making wrong sentences out of them in the end.Sometimes, in other cases, the reasons for the misuse of these words are due to learning them in the wrong forms from sources who you believe are authorities on that subject.
And all these things tend to leave you tangled up in confusion as to which word is right to use at a given time and which isn’t just right at some specific moments.
So today, I’ll be going into detail about a very popular misused word, [sic] – that’s basically sic in square brackets, and it’s pronounced – [sick].
Yeah. As in “sick” in sickness.
What does [sic] mean and how can you use it?
- John wrote, “Jane his [sic] a girl”.
Sic in square brackets is basically an editing term used with excerpts or quotations. What it actually means in other words is, “that’s exactly how it appears in the original.”
It is used to point out a grammatical error, misrepresentation of fact, misspelling, or, as above, the unintentional wrong spelling of “is” by John.
So naturally, John should have said, “Jane is a girl”. But for me to quote what John said in that sentence as, John wrote, “Jane his [sic] a girl”, Then I’m literally just trying to tell the reader (I mean you) who’s reading the sentence, that:
“I’m not the one who made the mistake by using his in the place of is, but its John’s mistake. I’m just quoting what he said exactly the way he said it. You get it now, right? “
And that’s one vital thing [sic] is used for. You also can use it Jane, to point out misrepresentation of fact or grammatical error as mentioned above.
I went a little bit deeper into the word and got some more characteristics of it to showcase to you.
- [sic] is an Adverb.
- Pronounced – /sik/
- [sic] is the Latin word for “such” or “thus.”
- Google Meaning:
“[sic] is used in brackets 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, as in a story must hold a child’s interest and “enrich his [sic] life.” ”
- Someone said: I had previously thought it was an acronym for “Spelled incorrectly”. Hah. I guess I never thought about that one.
- My answer- I also thought that was the meaning too but I later also found out that it’s not.