January 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.

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Wit and Whit

A post from a newspaper supporting a political candidate got the words whit and wit confused:

If the whole Republican v Democrat thing is all that matters to you, our endorsement doesn’t matter one wit.

The word the writer was reaching for is whit.

The meaning of whit is “smallest particle.” The editorial writer is […]