I am quoting a passage that uses the abbreviation etc. ... except that the etc has no period after it.

I read here that you can use [sic] to indicate a punctuation error, but should I bother using it to indicate a lack of punctuation that should be there?

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    IMO, not at all worth it. – Dan Bron Dec 2 '18 at 19:53
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    In particular, a reader might be more likely to think you're drawing attention to an allegedly incorrect choice or spelling of etc and would therefore be confused. Also, while the period is strictly correct, modern usage increasingly dispenses with periods used for ellipsis where the meaning is clear, hence USA (not U.S.A.), eg (not e.g.), etc. See here for a good guide on the use of etc. :-) – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Dec 2 '18 at 23:56

Using a period/full point or full stop after "etc", when it is not at the end of a sentence, is a convention of style, not a rule.

From the (UK) Guardian style guide:

no full point

The Guardian Style Guide

Many sources of guidance advise care when using sic, especially when the supposed "error" in the quoted material may be merely use of an unfamiliar style convention or rule (e.g. British/American spelling or punctuation differences).

Using sic correctly


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