It’s a sight for sore eyes when I have to cite an author for improper use of a site. And it happens much too often. In fact, it happens so often that I’m starting to get confused with this trio of heterographs. I need to create a base site from which I can rebuild my sense of what’s right.
In general, think of cite as something written while sight is something you look at or through. As for site, you can’t go wrong if you think of building, whether it’s an office tower, a stadium, a website, or where a physical object is located.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive & transitive 3
|Noun 4; Verb, transitive 5|
[Law summon] Of someone to appear in a court of law 1
Faculty or power of seeing
Area or distance within which someone can see or something can be seen
A thing that one sees or that can be seen
Having a ridiculous, repulsive, or disheveled appearance
A device on a gun or optical instrument used for assisting a person’s precise aim or observation
Area of ground on which a town, building, or monument is constructed
Short for building site
Fix or build something in a particular place
Yeah, I got a citation for speeding.
The summons cited four of the defendants.
The sight of blood terrifies him.
You’re a sight for sore eyes!
Would you like to see the sights here in town?
Sights for rifles vary considerably.
The unseasonal sighting of a cuckoo.
You’d better sight on your target.
Tell me when you sight shore!
She sighted down the gun barrel at her target.
Check out that site I told you about.
It’s the proposed site for a new power plant.
Have you been to the site of the Battle of Antietam yet?
Materials for repairs are always on site.
The site has no ads and is not being promoted with banners.
Decisions must be made concerning the siting of nuclear power plants.
|Adjective: citable, citeable, noncitable, nonciteable, uncitable
Noun: citation, citer
|Adjective: sightable, sighted, sightless, sightly, sightworthy
Noun: sighter, sighthound, sighting, sightlessness, sightliness, sightseeing, sightseer, undersight
Verb, transitive: resight, sight-read, sight-sing
Verb, transitive: resite, resited
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Middle English
Originally with reference to a court of ecclesiastical law.
From the Old French citer, from the Latin citare, which is from ciere, cire meaning to call.
|2 Old English for sight, face, appearance||4 Late Middle English for local position|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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“Land Surveyor” is Random Guy of the Century’s own work under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license while the “Munich Oktoberfest Construction for Pschorr Festival” is Usien’s own work under the GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 licenses, via Wikimedia Commons.