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Sick of sic

By Tom Nuttall  

Prompted by a Prospect correspondent who wrote in to ask why we hadn’t inserted “sic” after a misuse of the word “mitigates” in a quote used by Katharine Quarmby in her piece in the new issue, I tried to see if I could think of a word or phrase more irritating than “sic” (inserted in brackets after a quotation to indicate that it is accurate, and that any error or solecism is the responsibility of the original author or speaker, not of the quoter).

As an editor, when dealing with a quote that is important to a piece of writing…

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