Sic has 2 meanings
1. What does (sic) mean?

Spelling incorrect

When someone places (sic) after a word in a quote, it means they know that word is spelled incorrectly. However, the person didn't want to edit the material they quoted, so they left the typo and added (sic), to let you know the typo wasn't theirs. (I mean, you don't want to get blamed for a mistake you didn't make, right?)

Less commonly, people may place (sic) or (sic?) in a message when they are unsure they spelled a word correctly. This is usually a preventative measure, to stop perfectionists and spelling bee champs from focusing on the person's possible misspelling, instead of their message's contents.


The paper says 'the new restorant (sic) will open June 6.'
If they can't spell restaurant, do you think the date is correct?
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Updated July 20, 2023
2. What does sic mean?


Sic is a slight abbreviation of sick that describes something awesome. For example, if someone says you have a "sic ride," you have a really cool car.

Skaters and surfers popularized "sick" in the 1980s and 90s to describe rad things. The term followed roughly the same trajectory as wicked (where the slang definition is much better than the original definition). The "sic" abbreviation then became prominent with the rise of social media in the 2010s.

You will often see "sic" in texts and online messages or on social sites. For example, you might post a gorgeous panoramic shot of the ocean, and your best bro may comment, "Sic pic, bruh!"


That's a sic fit!
Yours is fire, too!

Sic move, man!

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Updated April 5, 2022

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