Is the phrase “home in” or “hone in?”
亲爱的老板, Never say “hone in.” When you say “home in” be sure to use “m.”
“Home in” means “to find the way to a certain point.”
- Homing pigeons (信鸽) find their way home.
- Smart bombs and torpedoes home in on the targets.
- We searched Chongqing many days. Finally we homed in on 火锅饭店. (Please help me with this Chinese phrase!)
- We hope scientists are homing in on the causes of cancer.
“Hone” means “to sharpen.”
- The butcher hones his knife with a stone.
- The rookie spent the last three seasons honing his skills in the minor leagues.
- The successful English student works hard to hone her pronunciation skills.
- It’s easy to mishear m’s and n’s.
- When reading, many Americans and foreigners have never noticed the m in home and the n in hone. So a Virginia senator said, “We’ve got to hone in on cost containment.” (cringe)
If you’re unsure of getting “home in” right, say “zero in” for the same meaning.