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[sic] is a good way to tell who the Cool kids are. [sic] is the equivalent of quoting someone's post on a message board, just so even if they edit the original post, people can still see that they're a terrible writer. Most often seen on the Interbutts, [sic] is also prominent in print media as well. However, if you attempt to use [sic] verbally, you are a total jackass. It is also the name of a fucking awful Slipknot song, leading to its use by their retarded fan base.

the SIC action figures, where they make Japanese heroes SIC style (See S.I.C.)
Catalog of SIC, see first definition



[sic] is a Latin word meaning 'thus', or loosely translated as 'Check this guy out, he's a fucktard', placed originally in hand-copied text to indicate that whoever was copying found a spelling error in the original, but has enough sense to preserve that original rather than contribute to grammar nazism, as well as for added lulz. This proves that lulz have existed as far back as the dark ages, when they were had by early prototype wiki-vandals at MONGO's distant ancestors. It carried over into the internets, where it's used to judiciously place the fucktard label on the illiterate asshat that wrote what you're posting, instead of on you.

[sic] is also a backronym for spelled in context or said in copy.

In general, used to indicate that you are smarter than another person because you can spell.


SIC is also an acronym for spelling is confusing. It is used to indicate that someone has mispelt a word in a manner that renders its meaning obscure. (This usage is extremely rare.)


S.I.C. Stands for Super Imaginative Chogokin, basically Darker crazier looking versions of Japanese Super Heroes in action figure forms that you can exchange the parts of. They cost a shit load of money and only obsessive wapanese and even some Japanese buy.


C.I.S. as in Confederation of Independent Systems.


SIC is not the same as sick unless it is unintentionally applied in that sense, in which case the use of either or both of the earlier two applications may be appropriate.


Seek eez wheeen Jew aargh eeeteeeng too muuuch tortillas. Ay, caramba!


Please see fellatio.

How to use [sic]

During arguments on the internet people will inevitably 'quote' portions of each other's words back to them, whether to identify what portions they are directly responding to, or to remove them from their supporting context to directly mock them. Any time someone makes a spelling mistake, or typo, you should always append [sic], in bold, to show that you have included their misspelling in your quote. This strengthens your argument due to it being common knowledge on the internet that intelligent people can spell.


  • [sic] is a play by Melissa James Gibson.
  • This article automatically loses, according to Godwin's Law.

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