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A news headline from boingboing.com reads:

“Police shoot stuffed animal with Taser”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

stuffed animal with taser

A reader asks … what’s wrong with this headline?

We’re glad you asked.

Read it again and tell us if, by the way it is written, you can determine who has the Taser?

Is it the stuffed animal? “… stuffed animal with Taser”

Or, is it the police? “Police shoot … with Taser”

It might make more sense written as:

“Ploice Taser stuffed animal”

“Taser” is also a verb, isn’t it? Oh dear, that’s a-whole-nother blog post!

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Let’s see … we nave noticed a few GrammarGoofs with regards to these words, so, time for a post …

sight. n. something seen or worth seeing (the sights of San Francisco); the act of seeing; a device to aid the eyes in the aiming of a gun, etc.; aim or observation taken; the power or range of seeing (the bridge is in sight).

sight. v. to observe; to glimpse; to aim at; to adjust the sights of (as in a gun, etc.).sight-n

cite. v. to summon before a court of law; to quote; to mention by way of example; to mention in an official report as meritorious. (citation) The Grammar Police shall cite grammar offenders and may even hold them at the GrammarGallows site. And, good writers will always cite their sources (in a bibliography).


site. n. (position) location or scene, as in construction or building. (Web site)

Believe it or not, we frequently see building plans that mention a “construction sight.”

site. v. to locate; to put into place for operation, as in artillery. That’s right … one sites a cannon. site


Now, just for fun, take a look through some of these idioms:

  • at first sight, at the first glimpse; at once: It was love at first sight.
  • at sight, immediately upon seeing, esp. without referring elsewhere for assurance, further information, etc.: to translate something at sight.Commerce. on presentation: a draft payable at sight.
  • catch sight of, to get a glimpse of; espy: We caught sight of the lake below.
  • know by sight, to recognize (a person or thing) seen previously: I know him by sight, but I know nothing about him.
  • not by a long sight, Informal. definitely not: Is that all? Not by a long sight.
  • on or upon sight, immediately upon seeing: to shoot him on sight; to recognize someone on sight.
  • out of sight, beyond one’s range of vision. Informal. beyond reason; exceedingly high: The price is out of sight. Slang. (often used interjectionally) fantastic; marvelous: a ceremony so glamorous it was out of sight.
  • sight for sore eyes, someone or something whose appearance on the scene is cause for relief or gladness.
  • sight unseen, without previous examination: to buy something sight unseen.

 More fun (wordplay):

A San Francisco vision center: “A Site for Sore Eyes

A foundation for the visually challenged: “OUTA Sight

An interactive love story: “Love at first Site

3D interactive environments development site: “Site to See

Know of more wordplay with these “sahyt” words? Please comment.

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Thank God, they don’t have rulers in their hands.

That would be against our policy on torture.


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