Posts Tagged ‘location’

It was appalling to hear the CEO of AT&T say, when he was referring to on-site products the company sells: 

premise equipment.”

It was equally shocking to see a software company Web site list the following:

“Solutions are available both on-premise and OnDemand.”

Where are the Grammar Police in corporate communications? Yikes!

Here’s today’s lesson …

premise. n. a previous statement serving as a basis for an argument; a proposition helping to support a conclusion.

And, premise may also be used as a verb, however, we won’t get into that here.

Now, one could have more than one thought or premise. In this case, the plural would be regular … just add an “s” to get premises.

That leads us to a “totally different” word:

premises. n. a piece of real estate; a tract of land including its buildings; a building together with its grounds or other appurtenances.

We know it may seem illogical, using a seemingly-plural word to speak about a location, BUT …

How many seemingly-illogical rules are there in the English language?

The thing is … premises, when referring to location, is both singular and plural. This is an important rule to remember.

Therefore, the premise that this entry is incorrect, is incorrect:

premises is

Thanks to pomphorhynchus for this great example.

Never, never (at the risk of doing time in the GrammarGallows) drop the last “s” from premises when speaking of location!

Now you know. Take a look back at the dreadful offenses with which we started this post. Recognize the errors?

We presume you have read this entry. Based on that premise, we conclude that when you are at home today, you will know that you are on your premesis!

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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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