In English, when you quote text or speech that you know has nonstandard usage, such as misspellings or nonstandard grammar, it is typical to use '(sic)' to indicate that you know what you're quoting is wrong, but that you're doing it intentionally.

From dictionary.com:

sic /sik; Eng. sɪk/

adverb Latin .
so; thus: usually written parenthetically to denote that a word, phrase, passage, etc., that may appear strange or incorrect has been written intentionally or has been quoted verbatim: He signed his name as e. e. cummings (sic)

Since this is Latin in origin, I can imagine the same would be used in Spanish, but is it?

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    If a Latin expression is used in English there's a 99.9% chance that it's usable in Spanish as well. Not 100% because there might be exceptions, although none that comes off the top of my head.
    – DeStrangis
    Commented Feb 25, 2013 at 12:50
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    Exceptions can be "i.e." or "e.g.", I don't know if they are accepted, but they are not commonly used. Commented May 30, 2013 at 9:44
  • @DeStrangis Could you pinpoint those accepted?
    – c.p.
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 17:53

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Yes, sic or (sic) is also used in Spanish. From DRAE:

sic. (Del lat. sic, así).

  1. adv. U. en impresos y manuscritos españoles, por lo general entre paréntesis, para dar a entender que una palabra o frase empleada en ellos, y que pudiera parecer inexacta, es textual.
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    +1, (sic) is also used in newspapers.
    – dusan
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 20:46

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