Homing in on Word Choice

Over at The New Yorker, the post begins

Our tweeting readers have homed in on what they characterize as a flagrant misuse in this week’s Comment.

and what follows is a long comment on the phrases “home in” and “hone in.” The New Yorker claims that “A million tweeters think it should be “homed in.” I think that number is an exaggeration, but I’m sorry now that I didn’t write to the magazine when I read the article—I am one of those who found the use of “honed in” jarring in context.

Follow the link for the explanation, a side trip into “dry goods,” and an amusing anecdote that will help convince you to be careful with your word choice.

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