sick vs sic : Common Errors in English

About sick vs sic

The command given to a dog, “sic ’em,” derives from the word “seek.” The 1992 punk rock album titled “Sick ’Em” has helped popularize the common misspelling of this phrase. Unless you want to tell how you incited your pit bull to vomit on someone’s shoes, don’t write “sick ’em” or “sick the dog.”The standard spelling of the -ing form of the word is “siccing.”In a different context, the Latin word sic (“thus”) inserted into a quotation is an editorial comment calling attention to a misspelling or other error in the original which you do not want to be blamed for but are accurately reproducing: “She acted like a real pre-Madonna (sic).” When commenting on someone else’s faulty writing, you really want to avoid misspelling this word as sick.Although it’s occasionally useful in preventing misunderstanding, sic is usually just a way of being snotty about someone else’s mistake, largely replaced now by “lol.” Sometimes it’s appropriate to correct the mistakes in writing you’re quoting; and when errors abound, you needn’t mark each one with a sic—your readers will notice.

sick Meaning(s)

  • (n) people who are sick
  • (v) eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • (a) affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
  • (s) feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
  • (s) affected with madness or insanity
  • (s) having a strong distaste from surfeit
  • (s) (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
  • (s) deeply affected by a strong feeling
  • (s) shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

sic Meaning(s)

  • (v) urge to attack someone
  • (r) intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)

sick in News

  1. Scott's sick-leave bill signing brings out the fans and critics

    TALLAHASSEE - Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn't waste much time in signing a bill Friday that would block local governments from enacting mandatory paid sick time measures, such as the one pending in Orange County.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Orlando Sentinel

  2. Study: Paid sick leave key to preventing spread of flu

    According to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the key to preventing the spread of the flu at work is paid sick leave. The researchers simulated a flu outbreak and found universal access to paid sick leave could cut the number of flu cases in the workplace by six percent. The study is only an estimate, but researchers said it makes a strong case for paid sick days.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: WPXI Pittsburgh

  3. Universal paid sick leave reduces spread of flu

    Allowing all employees access to paid sick days would reduce influenza infections in the workplace by nearly 6 percent, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis. The researchers simulated an influenza epidemic in Pittsburgh and surrounding Allegheny County and estimated it to be more effective for small, compared to large, workplaces.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Science Daily

sic in News

  1. Summer Music: Our critics choose must-see summer shows

    The sum­mer mu­sic sea­son is packed with great con­certs to suit tastes from Jay-Z to the banjo-pick­ing Steve Mar­tin or Gust­avo Du­damel at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl. What to see?        
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. SIC ranks above peers

    At Tuesday night’s SIC Board of Trustees meeting, President Jonah Rice informed the board that Southeastern Illinois College continues to rank among the top institutions in its peer group.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Harrisburg Daily Register

  3. Digi-Key Announces Exclusive Stock of GeneSiC Semiconductor SiC 3300 V Schottky Rectifiers

    THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Digi-Key Announces Exclusive Stock of GeneSiC Semiconductor SiC 3300 V Schottky Rectifiers
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Business Wire

Lightning fast vocabulary building for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and CAT