"Site unseen" or "sight unseen" - which is it?

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Which is correct?

Poll closed 12th Sep, 2010.
  1. Site unseen

    10 vote(s)
    15.9%
  2. Sight unseen

    39 vote(s)
    61.9%
  3. Mate, get over it, there are more important things to worry about

    14 vote(s)
    22.2%
  1. wobbycarly

    wobbycarly Carpe domus

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    OK, so I'm a whinger and a pedant (great combination!!)

    But I've noticed that both "site unseen" and "sight unseen" are used to describe buying something (particularly property, obviously) without viewing it.

    My preference is "site unseen" - as in, "I haven't seen the site".

    But I can also understand "sight unseen", particularly for a non-property purchase, like a vehicle. As in, "I haven't had a sight of [thing]".

    So which is it?
     
  2. tess85

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    I voted for sight unseen. seems to be the more accepted version, just like "vice versa" vs "vica versa" (this drives me nuts!)

    And lately too many RE ads have been saying "3 bedda", "4 bedda". Aargh!

    *breathes in and out slowly*
     
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  3. Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole Don't compete, Dominate !

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    There is no option for "site sight unseen"...
     
  4. wobbycarly

    wobbycarly Carpe domus

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    :)
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  5. Player

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    It depends if it is highly "sort" after? :p
     
  6. Aaron Sice

    Aaron Sice Seldom Seen Kid

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    if it's a building "site", and yu haven't seen it, then it's "site unseen".

    but generally buying something, and you haven't "seen" it before you buy, then it's obviously "sight" unseen - which is really an oxymoron or whatever.
     
  7. Rockstar

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    I took the 3rd option which means I don't know. :D
     
  8. Tuppence

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    It has nothing to do with property, as such. It's about whether you've inspected something. So, you can buy a car ''sight unseen'', a dog ''sight unseen'' or a block of land ''sight unseen''. It simply means you didn't go and inspect whatever it is.
    [pedant retreating now]:)
     
  9. skater

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    I agree with this version, however if it is a "site" as in a building site, then it could be a "sight unseen site." Or as Ace in the Hole said you could say "I'm buying a site, sight unseen"." For clarity you would need to use the comma.
     
  10. Lil Skater

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    It's site. I you're looking at purchasing a property and you haven't viewed the site, then it is "site unseen"
     
  11. mary&mat

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    Isn't "sight unseen" a bit of an oxymoron?

    :)
     
  12. wobbycarly

    wobbycarly Carpe domus

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    Exactly! ;)
     
  13. Perp

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    Google it, mate... it's definitely "sight unseen". ;)
     
  14. wobbycarly

    wobbycarly Carpe domus

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    Hmmm, as the majority are suggesting. :(

    Anyway, a bit of fun. :)
     
  15. rugrat

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    Either is right...or wrong...depending on how you want to look at it. However, i think this is the least of the gramatical errors that REA's and Marketers need to look at. You would swear that many of them never had a high school education. ;)
     
  16. Player

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    I'm with "sight unseen"

    It implies that one has not sighted the asset, which may be a site, house, shed, horse or whatever.

    To do so would require one to utilise their eye-site :p :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't trust google, it keeps on telling me I have cancer :D
     
  19. WinstonWolfe

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    The confusion comes when you wrongly think of sight as a (transitive) verb, such as:
    - After 40 days at sea, we sighted land.
    - We caught sight of the burglar.

    Site is also a noun which is the context in "sight unseen"
    Other uses as a noun:
    - Let's go sight seeing around Sydney. (later conjoined to sightseeing)
    - Let's go see the sights of Sydney.

    Unseen is the adjective.
     
  20. boods99

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    Care to have a quick read of your sig??:D

    Boods