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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).

citation

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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We were cleaning out the junk email today. This is something that usually takes just a few seconds. For some reason, this afternoon, we lingered on a couple of the messages, and it paid off.

Here’s to the GrammarSpammers for giving us something fun to write about on this Friday afternoon.

We swear, we could not make this stuff up!

“I wish I were in position to give you a detailed preposition.”

(Too bad. We would really like to see a detailed preposition. And, by the way, what posture would you have to be in to give it to us?)

“I am working as a consultant, with your sincere assistant and co-operation …”

(We wish we had a sincere assistant to give us cooperation.)

“… in spite of the economical crises …”

(It is good to know that some emergencies may be considered thrifty.)

And, finally, one for the “headline evokes image” category:

“Please pardon me for contacting you through this medium.”

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

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