sick vs sic :

sick or 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 n

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  • n  people who are sick
    they devote their lives to caring for the 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
    sick of it all
    sick to death of flattery
    gossip that makes one sick
  • s  (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
  • s  deeply affected by a strong feeling
    sat completely still, sick with envy
    she was sick with longing
  • s  shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

  • v  urge to attack someone
    The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders
    the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits
  • r  intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)
News & Articles

  • 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.
    June 14, 2013 - WPXI Pittsburgh
  • 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.
    June 14, 2013 - Orlando Sentinel
  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - Science Daily

  • Volunteers repair Port Orchard vet's memorial damaged by vandals
    Vandals are blamed for up to $1500 in damages to the Veterans Wall in Port Orchard. Lights were smashed and phrases like “Make love not babys" (sic) was sprayed in graffiti across bricks honoring area servicemen. It happened sometime Saturday. “If the people that desecrated this had seen what was going on in combat they’d probably have a different perspective,” said veteran Don Winslow Sr, 81 ...
    June 17, 2013 - KING5 Seattle
  • Kim Kardashian Posts Father’s Day Message for Kanye West?
    Reality star Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West have remained surprisingly mum on Twitter and Instagram since the birth of their baby girl. Kim, however, couldn’t help but post what appeared to be a Father's Day message for her man (and maybe sister Kourtney's boyfriend Scott Disick, too) on her website, writing with a wink, “to all the baby daddy’s (sic) out there, you are loved! ;) Xo."
    June 17, 2013 - Extra TV
  • 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.
    June 14, 2013 - The Harrisburg Daily Register