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Home InI keep seeing people, even people who should know better, writing “hone in” for “home in”, and I'd like to do my part to fight against this mistake.
Part of the trouble, I think, is that “hone” is so rare that people don't have a feel for how to use it. Let's consult the dictionary.
It's so rare that I didn't even know there was a noun form!
I understand what “hone” means, but it's not a word I ever use. (Have you noticed that, that people have different vocabularies for input and output?) If I was forced to use it in a sentence, I might say “the butcher honed the knife” or “I honed my programming skills”, but there's really not much else that fits. The grammatical object needs to be either a sharp physical object or some kind of skill.
Of course, the use of “home” as a verb is also pretty rare.
The article Eggcorns lists many other examples of the same kind of mistake. See how laughably wrong the other examples are? That's how wrong it is to say “hone in”.
@ November (2012)