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I once said to someone “hone your skills and home in on some goals.” But I had to look up the difference between the two words before I said it to make sure I wasn’t inverting the meanings.

From  “The verb ‘hone’ means ‘to sharpen or make more acute,’ as in honing a talent. … In verb form, ‘home’ (as in ‘to home in on’) means ‘to move or be aimed toward a destination or target with great accuracy.’ Missiles home in on targets.”

So, remember:

You can hone a talent to hone,

While missiles home in on homes.

(This clarification has done nothing but confuse me.)

Dan Jones

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