June 18, 2019

M. J. Maddox, PhD
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Home and Hone

The confusion associated with these words occurs when home is used as a phrasal verb with the particle in.

To home in is “to come closer and closer to a destination.” A fighter pilot homes in on a target. A detective homes in on a suspect. A carrier pigeon homes in on its home base.

To hone is “to sharpen.” One hones a blade to a sharp edge.

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