sic

When urging your dog to chase a thief, you might say, "Sic 'em, Fluffy!" When writing something that might look wrong, you add "[sic]" to indicate you know it's wrong.

When you’re writing a paper and you want to quote a source, but the source contains a misspelling or some other error, you use the word [sic] after the quote so that whoever reads your paper knows the mistake is in the original source, rather than in your own sloppy typing. It’s kind of a way of saying, “Yeah, I know this is wrong, but let’s just be clear — I didn't do it!”

Primary Meanings of sic

1.
adv
intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)
2.
v
urge to attack someone
Full Definitions of sic
1

adv intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)

2

v urge to attack someone

“The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders”
“the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits”
Synonyms:
set
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, set on
attack someone physically or emotionally

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