Home Vs Hone
When using the phrase 'to home in', this definition of hone doesn't fit as appropriately as the aforementioned definition of home. Therefore, to home in is the more technically correct phrase. Final Thoughts. Even though the correct word to use in this case is home, in the U.S. you're more likely to see hone.
In the early 1900s, home picked up the more specific sense of "to proceed, especially under control of an automatic aiming mechanism, toward a specified target, as a plane, missile, or location." So the simple answer is that a person, bird, or aircraft homes in on a target, but a person hones his or her skills.
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Why does sports media persist in the use of the phrase "hone in" instead of "home in". Traditionally, a missile homes in (not hones in) on a target. Hone means "to sharpen." The verb home means "to move toward a goal" or "to be guided to a target."
Home can be verb, referring to "finding one's way to a destination" such as "homing pigeons" and "homing missiles" do. In the same sense one can "home in on the answer" for example. Hone in is also acceptable but far less common, and comes from the meaning of "hone" referring to sharpening or making more acute.