Home/Hone In On
Elliott knew that, if he wanted to raise his GPA, he’d have to hone in on his studies.
Elliott may be able to hone his #2 pencils for his exams, but he can’t hone in on his studies. Hone means to sharpen. What Elliott needs to do is move toward a goal or destination—that’s home in on. It’s a metaphor for what homing pigeons do.
Shame on you, Mr. Online-Merriam-Webster Man, for saying that hone in on is the “current” terminology, implying that it is correct. Just because a lot of people mistakenly say hone in on does NOT make it correct.
~ Thank you, Julie G., for your topic suggestion.
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