Make Your Editor Cry:
Though cite, site, and sight are often confused, if you can remember cite is short for citation and site is a location, whether it’s online or off, you’ll have the sight to use the words correctly.
Cite is a verb meaning to quote, to summon officially, to mention formally, or even to compliment. It’s also the noun form of the same things, like a formal summons or an official mention. You have to cite your sources when you write a formal paper, but it’s also a nod to wherever you got your idea. To cite something means to do right by whoever said it and give credit where it’s due.
A site is a specified place or designated location, such as a building site, but it’s also short for Website, which is a collection of Web pages that found at the same root URL.
Sight, of course, is vision or something that can be seen. If something is outta sight then it’s fabulous whether you can see it or not.
A gun sight is the mechanical instrumentation used to aim a gun so that you hit your target. A gunsite is a location were a gun is, like a gun pit or a machine-gun nest.
Gregg Bridgeman is the Editor-in-Chief at Olivia Kimbrell Press. He is husband to best-selling Christian author Hallee Bridgeman and parent to three. He continues to proudly serve in the US Armed Forces and has done so in either an active or reserve capacity for more than twenty years as an airborne and air assault qualified paratrooper, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Most importantly, he was ordained in October of 2001 after surrendering his life to Christ decades earlier.