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Cite vs. Sight vs. Site

May 2016
Spot the Error

As they planned their Mediterranean cruise, Jolene told her husband that she was eager to see all the sites and taste all the foods of Greece.

The word site refers to a geographic location (as in construction site) or a location on the World Wide Web (as in Web site, or, nowadays, website). In the “vacation” sentence above, Jolene may go to the site of the ancient Olympic games; however, she doesn’t actually want to see the site. She wants to see the sights, as in sightseeing. In this instance, sight refers to something worth seeing.

The third homonym, cite, means to reference the work of someone else. For example, in a discussion about the differences between site, sight, and cite, you could cite Professional Style.

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