I have seen many articles that use quotes from players like:

We gonna [sic] be working hard over the summer cause we gotta [sic] get better.

What is sic? Where does it come from?

  • Related: Can you use “(sic)” in other contexts? Jun 7, 2011 at 15:30
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    Why is there a [sic] after gotta? I can understand the first one, the missing are, but if gotta is considered an "error" because it's slang then why doesn't cause have [sic] as well? Jun 7, 2011 at 21:32
  • @Kop: That was copied from an article I read on-line.
    – Raj More
    Apr 16, 2012 at 19:07

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sic is Latin (so, thus) and is used to call attention to an error in an original quote. Specifically, it is used when quoting another to say, "this is not a typographical, spelling or grammar error on the part of the reporter; rather, the error was in the original, and we're quoting it without change."

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    Correct. It is, however, exceedingly difficult to employ "[sic]" properly, without giving the appearance of sneering or looking down at the person or item quoted. It is for this reason that Fowler, Gowers, et al., caution against its use. It is common for publishers, therefore, to simply make a silent editorial correction and remove the fault in question.
    – The Raven
    Jun 7, 2011 at 14:50
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    Indeed, in the cited example, the sic is most certainly used in a sneering manner. A single use at the end of the quotation is enough.
    – horatio
    Jun 7, 2011 at 18:44
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    @TheRaven: Agreed. It would seem good practice to silently correct unless the error could be relevant or interesting. This includes mockery, analysing the error or the style of the original author, and quotes in legal texts. Jun 7, 2011 at 22:25
  • I once represented a professor who thought "sic" meant "spelling incorrect." He was confused as to why I used it in a legal brief.
    – Theresa
    Sep 2, 2018 at 3:02

It's from the Latin sic (so, thus). Etymonline dates it back to 1887.

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