When you are quoting a phrase that is incorrect, do you follow that phrase or the incorrect word with sic?

There is a helpful article on the use of
sic in A Dictionary of Modern American Usage by Bryan A. Garner (OUP 1998).

Sic (=thus, so), invariably bracketed and usually set in italics, is used to indicate that a preceding word or phrase in a quoted passage is reproduced as it appeared in the original passage. Sic at its best is intended to aid readers who might be confused about whether the quoter or the quoted writer is responsible for the spelling or grammatical anomaly.

You should therefore position [sic] straight after the error to which it refers: if a misspelling, after the word concerned; otherwise after the phrase.

Other Related Links:

Should one say Unorganized or Disorganized?
Is the word Snuck used as the past tense of the verb Sneak or not?
When is it appropriate to capitalize University?
What is the Correct Form when writing the time : A.M. or a.m. or am?

Is the expression Pros and Cons informal?
What is the distinction between Enquire and Inquire?
Is it Backwards or Backward?
How should the term Website be written in official documents?

Do the seasons (summer, autumn etc.) require a capital letter?
What is the distinction between Assume and Presume?
Do you follow that phrase or the incorrect word with sic?
What is the difference between These and Those?

Frequently Asked Questions Index

From sic to HOME PAGE

Popular Pages

More Info

Follow These Links!