Think of Sharpened Birds
By Annette Rey
Playing with words can help us remember what we need to recall as we write.
Hone – to sharpen. Think of axe.
Home – to proceed toward. Think of birds flying – as in homing pigeon (unfortunately extinct).
BIG HINT: If your sentence requires the words “in on”, chances are you need to use the word home (as in the examples below).
1) His grades were poor; he needed to hone his studying skills.
Hone your axe on this whetstone.
I would like to hone the saws in my workshop.
2) Radar homes in on a target.
The safecracker homed in on the combination.
Take me to an ice cream shop and I’ll home in on double chocolate.
Another couple of words made clear.
Keep on learning!