I found the sentence "newapaperman's [sic] newspaper." But I don't know the reason [sic] is used in here. please help. Thanks.

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    Because it contains an error (in this case, newspaperman is misspelled, missing the 's'). Sic is the Latin word for 'thus; so', and editors use it to mark a mistake in a direct quotation as being present in the original text, and not introduced by the editor or printer. The square brackets are to break the narrative flow and identify the word inside as coming from the editor, not the author. One can optionally italicize sic inside the brackets, or even use an exclamation point (though that's considered unnecessary). Jun 4, 2020 at 16:46
  • Thanks @Lawler, I had forgotten. However I tend to think of it as an subtle insult to the man described. The sic referring to the mistake of him being described as a newspaperman. This under the category of: And he calls himself a newspaperman! Well, if he spells it right then perhaps he can.
    – Elliot
    Jun 5, 2020 at 4:24


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