Cite vs. Sight vs. Site

Lexical Vexations

cite v. to refer to a source of information, to attribute others’ work to them in a document.

sight n. 1. the perceptual sense that recognizes light and the makes sense of patterns of light in a person’s field of vision. 2. something worth seeing.

site n. a physical or figurative place.

Words in the Wild: Hsui Jin finished writing the Web site copy on the magnificent sights she’d seen in Amazonia sometime after 2:00 a.m. Nevertheless, her sight blurring from lack of sleep, she double-checked her citations before publishing it and was glad she did—she’d forgotten to cite Dr. Lohmann’s paper about an archaeological dig site she’d visited.

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