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I have seen it in quite a few chats on Facebook and Twitter.

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Just for fun. Though it's derived from the Latin adverb sīc, I remember it as so in-correct, i.e. something being used (usually quoted in brackets) after something originally written so incorrectly. :-) –  Damkerng T. Feb 5 at 10:43

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The word sic is probably used as an adverb here -

sic (adv) - Intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase).

You may observe this on chat and social media in the context wherein the opposite person writes it intentionally though knowing that the word is misspelled.

When it is used in brackets it means so or thus to show that an odd or something doubtful reading is what was actually written or printed.

Example from OALD:

In the letter to parents it said: ‘The school is proud of it's [sic] record of excellence’.

Here, the word it's is incorrect but copied from the original document. You know that this is incorrect but still will have to write. To show that you are aware of this mistake, you put (sic) after a wrongly spelled word.

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Once again, that is not the OED. You probably shouldn't refer to things that aren't the OED as the OED; it's confusing. –  snailplane Feb 5 at 7:34
    
@snailplane Once again, an apology. I'll write 'here' and put link now on! –  Maulik V Feb 5 at 7:44
    
No, don't put 'here'. Put the name of the dictionary down – but know the name of your dictionary! –  J.R. Feb 5 at 15:45

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