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#1 2009-11-13 05:17:12

Dixon Wragg
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From: Santa Rosa, California
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"sight" for "cite"

From an announcement of a newly published book on Krautrock: “With detailed discographies of all the bands featured and a timeline sighting important political and social events…”

cite/site/sight has been mentioned in the Eggcorn Forum
( http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/view … p?pid=2247 ) as an example of “Homonyms that are likely misspelling of each other, but might also be a source for eggcorns”.

I would argue that “sighting” for “citing” as in my example above is a real eggcorn. Sighting (to see something) is close enough in meaning to citing (to point out something) that it kind of makes sense, while not really being synonymous. It’s easy to imagine that the writer confused the meanings, not just the spellings. I believe that, along with the identical pronunciation, this qualifies it as an eggcorn.

What say y’all?

Dixon

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#2 2009-11-14 01:32:18

jorkel
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Re: "sight" for "cite"

I think your cite/sight example is a legitimate eggcorn. I also think there are plenty of legitimate eggcorns derived from sight/site … particularly when preceding unseen.

It’s fascinating that this triple homophone possesses at least two distinct eggcorns. Can we find the third leg to the triangle?

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#3 2009-11-14 01:54:23

Dixon Wragg
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Re: "sight" for "cite"

jorkel wrote:

I think your cite/sight example is a legitimate eggcorn. I also think there are plenty of legitimate eggcorns derived from sight/site … particularly when preceding unseen.
It’s fascinating that this triple homophone possesses at least two distinct eggcorns. Can we find the third leg to the triangle?

Good question, jorkel! Googling “site any examples” yielded about 19,000 hits, of which fully half of the sample I read (i.e., 10 of the 20 hits on the first two pages), used “site” for “cite”. Possibly just a misspelling or a non-eggcornish misuse of homonyms in every case, I suppose, but consider this one: “Can you site any examples of what commercial / office land is selling for in the CBD of state college borough?” It seems possible that, in the context of discussing building sites, the use of the word “site” was at least partly due to a meaning connection in the writer’s mind, thus perhaps qualifying this case as an eggcorn?

Dixon

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#4 2009-11-14 14:14:04

DavidTuggy
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Re: "sight" for "cite"

One of my favorites was of an Arizona highway patrolman citing a cougar on Oracle Road near El Conquistador, about 15 years ago now. (We figured it must have been doing 30 mph in a 20 mph zone or something.) It would have been less remarkable, perhaps, had it been a Cougar.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#5 2011-01-28 17:25:59

Dixon Wragg
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Re: "sight" for "cite"

I just encountered another one of these today: “There are a lot of important British groups that sight Faust as an influence too.” (from an online chat-list devoted to the musical group Faust). I did a search on Eggcorn Database and discovered that I’d already started this thread some time ago and forgotten about it (and of course this thread isn’t the first mention of sight/cite on the Eggcorn Forum).

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#6 2011-01-30 11:02:49

JuanTwoThree
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Re: "sight" for "cite"

Plenty of ghits for “insight violence”, “insightment to violence” and the like.

Semantic justification? Sarah Palin’s gunsights apart, I can see why ‘insight’ might mean ‘make visible the possibility of/show’. It’s not much to do with the ‘insight’ of ‘gain insight’.

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