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 Post subject: (sic)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:12 am 
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In reading the Chicago Tribune's coverage of the Matt Hale trial, I came across this quote from Ricky Byrdsong's widow, Sherialyn: "I hope that the lesson and message of this trial is that peaceful co-existence should be all of our's (sic) goal."<p>I have mixed feelings about the use of (sic). At some papers, I think the grammar in quotes would be cleaned up (though how in this case that's possible I don't know). At others, (sic) wouldn't be used. The quote would stand for the readers to judge..<p>Edited for spelling.<p>[ May 08, 2004: Message edited by: wisekwai ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: (sic)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 8:00 am 
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Yeah, it reads cold -- almost mean-spirited. I think we have to face the possibility that a copy editor added the (sic).


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 Post subject: Re: (sic)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:38 am 
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wise man, sic is tacky, as I suspect you know. ps please check your private messages. pps killing people for using the spelling grammer is justifiable homicide in Her Majesty's sovereign state of New South Wales<p>[ April 28, 2004: Message edited by: Paul Wiggins ]</p>


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 Post subject: Re: (sic)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2004 11:49 am 
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I'd concur. Almost any other treatment would have been better. Probably the best would have been to use a parenthetical if the publication's style permits, ending the quote with "peaceful co-existence should be (our goal)."<p>If you've been trained to regard such things as ugly, then paraphrase.<p>If you must use the entire sentence, drop the (sic) and also the apostrophe in "our's," which I think makes the speaker seem even more illiterate. At least "ours," though misused here, is a word.


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 Post subject: Re: (sic)
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 5:15 pm 
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Or: "I hope that the lesson and message of this trial is that peaceful co-existence should be our goal."<p>That's what she's really saying in plain English, right? I'd be tempted to just change it and leave out the pretentious (sic).<p>[ May 08, 2004: Message edited by: wisekwai ]</p>


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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 5:16 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Paul Wiggins:
killing people for using the spelling grammer is justifiable homicide in Her Majesty's sovereign state of New South Wales<p>[ April 28, 2004: Message edited by: Paul Wiggins ]<hr></blockquote><p>You'll have to come to Bangkok and kill me then, Paul.


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