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Every so often you see people quote other people on the web and insert a [sic!] remark while doing so.

Easily irritated as I am, I find this highly irritating. What’s the point of it? Making fun of the person you are quoting when your arguments aren’t all that good? Illustrating, that, no, you are not able to use the copy and paste commands on your computer and thus need to highlight that the typo hasn’t been introduced by you while typing it all again?

There may be a situation or two where a typo in a text does carry some meaning and is relevant to your interpretation of the text. But how frequently does that happen? Particularly on the low-brow writing and bitching you find on the web? So why waste your reader’s attention by highlighting an accidental detail?

May 3, 2006, 0:30

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Comment by Dave2: User icon

I don’t quote other people very often but, if I did, I would totally interrupt their quote with my banal remarks! That’s what I’m good at! :-)

May 3, 2006, 4:21

Comment by m13: User icon

I couldn’t agree more… :)

May 3, 2006, 21:39

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