Grammar Grappler #8: Home versus Hone

As has been the trend in recent posts, yet again I’m blogging about something I have been saying incorrectly for most of my life. And I never realized it until recently. In fact, it was such a light-bulb moment that I called several people close to me to ask them how they used this term, and this one must run in the family because everyone I called said it incorrectly as well. 

What about you? Below is the pop quiz question I used. How would you answer it?

Lawrence finally [homed in, honed in] on the true reason he has been unable to get a good night’s sleep.

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Answer: homed in

Lawrence finally homed in on the true reason he has been unable to get a good night’s sleep.

I have always said honed in similar situations.

I have always been wrong.

To home in means to get closer to something such as an object or a goal or the truth. Picture a homing pigeon (why haven’t I realized that before).

To hone means to sharpen something—and you don’t hone in on anything.

Rett honed his test-taking skills in preparation for the ACT.

And, I’m certainly honing my vocabulary this month.


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