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Hone What You’re Homing In On

Occasionally the misappropriation of a word or term becomes so common that most people don’t even know it’s used in error. Such may be the case with home in and hone in.

After all, if you’re not listening carefully, the m and n sounds may be hard to distinguish.

Home in originated in the nineteenth century with the use of homing pigeons—a variety of pigeon bred to find its way home after traveling long distance. It’s that homing instinct from which the term home in takes it meaning that finds a target.

Today the term applies more to modern weaponry than bird, but the concept of zeroing in on a target remains the same. Continue Reading…