Sight is our most important sense. When we lose it we are blind. When it is imperfect and we need glasses we are usually either nearsighted or farsighted. Another form of either nearsighted is shortsighted which has naturally come to mean not being able to think about the future and the consequences of one’s actions. Spending all of your money and not saving any is certainly shortsighted.
A person who plans for the future and prepares for whatever might happen is certainly farsighted. We also say that such a person has foresight, that is to say he “sees before“ or “sees ahead“. I hope you had the foresight to buy some health insurance before you got sick.
A person who sees deep into the nature of things and knows human nature very well has insight and is called an insightful person. This book is intended to help you gain insight into the way English is used in everyday speech.
When the words are separate, we use it to say that goals are in sight. Many doctors believe that cures for many kinds of cancer are in sight. However cures for many other liseases are not in sight yet.
The expression out of sight! was popular among hippies once and meant „Terrific!“ and we all know the proverb Out of sight, out of mind.
Hind an old word meaning rear or behind. In this world foresight is very rare but hindsight is very common. We all know what we should have done after something goes wrong and we all know what we should have said – but didn’t. When we start a sentence, “In hindsight...“ or “In retrospect...“ we mean, “Looking backwards...“
I wear glasses because I am nearsighted. In the old system of measurement I have 20 – 400 vision, correctable to about 20 – 20, which is perfect vision. However I can always see what I should have done or said every time anything goes wrong. As we say, I have 20 – 20 hindsight.
WORD PICTURES by Stephen Browne
published by inlingua GALINDO Language School