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The cartoon by Kipper Williams from The Guardian shows a spotty teenager playing GTA 5 on his computer. His mother, who is watching him play, has a thought bubble coming from her head that reads SICK. The boy is thinking the same thing except that his SICK is 'in inverted commas'.
The cartoonist plays on two informal meanings of the word 'sick'. For the mother it means 'getting enjoyment from doing strange or cruel things', as in "We live in a sick society.' However, in current youth slang, 'sick' means 'great, awesome, cool' as in Your new skateboard is really sick! The inverted commas highlight the fact that the word is being used with a special meaning. See here for a discussion of the origin of this usage.