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"Hone in on" or "home in on"? Which is correct?

 
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 6 Jun, 2011 12:14 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Ah, I see. Well, you did so as a reply to my post (click on the small blue - or is it green - lettered ossobuco before your response)
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 6 Jun, 2011 12:20 pm
@ossobuco,
I don 't remember the reason for my doing so, Osso.

I don't believe that I had u specificly in mind, tho (probably not).





David
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slowhand
 
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Reply Wed 15 Feb, 2012 11:55 pm
"Hone in" is incorrect, particularly in written English. Its' origins are mainly due to the weakening of the 'm' sound. Many of those who defend it do so simply because they have made the mistake themselves. (No need to be defensive just because you've made the same mistake. Hey, most Aussies still think and entree is an appetizer.)
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Thu 16 Feb, 2012 03:22 am
I've only ever heard (or used) "home in on".
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McTag
 
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Reply Fri 17 Feb, 2012 05:08 am

These near- homophones happen quite frequently in speech.

I wrote to the BBC once because one of their journalists kept writing "to wet your appetites".
For southern English speakers at least, it sound the same as "whet", but it's an annoying mistake.

We've had fun like this since before Dickens' time.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 17 Feb, 2012 11:44 am
@McTag,
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 17 Feb, 2012 11:46 am
@McTag,
I knew a lady that used to say 'are what?' as in 'Are you leaving, are what?' It wasn't till she wrote it down that I was sure there was some sort of misunderstanding.
McTag
 
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Reply Fri 17 Feb, 2012 02:42 pm
@roger,

Not forgetting R Wayne in Peter Kay's talent show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TktIKmXRep4
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 17 Feb, 2012 05:55 pm
Quote:
The Eggcorn Database - v. 0.5

home » hone
Chiefly in: hone in on
Classification: English – nearly mainstream

http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/48/hone/
JTT
 
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Reply Fri 17 Feb, 2012 05:59 pm
@JTT,
How the term 'eggcorn' came to be.

http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/about/
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