Re: [dev] Programming quotes.

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 20:09:09 -0400

On Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 05:54:54PM -0500, Kurt H Maier wrote:
>either this is a really clever troll or else I'm going to need to know
>where you heard this
>the brackets don't affect the meaning of 'sic' in the least

Brackets in quoted material signify a change by the by the
person doing the quoting (e.g., "[The commission] was set..." as
opposed to "It was set..."). Parens generally signify
parenthetical material added by the original author. So, if I
want to write something silly like, I'm stuck using Lunix (sic),
the sic denotes that I didn't unintentionally misspell Linux.
If, on the other hand, I quote someone who either can't spell,
or doesn't care to clarify his clever misspellings, and I want
to indicate that the idiosyncrasy or mistake is from the
original, rather than a misquote or transcription error, I'd
write "What a rediculous [sic] set of presumptions!" If I'd used
(sic) instead, the likely presumption is that the original
author intended the misspelling and chose to acknowledge it.

Kris Maglione
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple,
and wrong.
	--H. L. Mencken
Received on Thu Jul 02 2009 - 00:09:09 UTC

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