[sic]. It’s a plague. What started out as a harmless aside has grown to something bigger.
When quoting others and the quotee [sic] has misspelled a word, used poor grammar or offered incorrect information as fact, it is common to see the abbreviation [sic]. The intent is to alert the reader that the passage has been reproduced without changes.
In other words: don’t blame us.
But it has grown to mean — “Hey look how stupid this person is. We’re smart. This person is not. This person is stupid.”
And that bugs me. Or maybe I’m just being sensitive.
[Sic] is short for: sic erat scriptum. That’s latin. It means “thus it was written.” I bet all those smarty pants [sic]ing up their blogs and news articles didn’t know that.
Or maebe they do.