Should “sic” be used to indicate that a quotation includes slang?
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No. Do not use “sic,” from the Latin for “thus” or “so,” to indicate that a quotation has been reproduced accurately. If clarification of a quotation is needed, use an endnote; or, if the source’s word choice is germane to an essay, it can be discussed in the main text.