Writing & Editing A (quick) writing tip to improve your copy Is it ‘home in’ or ‘hone in’? The New Yorker once got this wrong, which means you might be committing this language gaffe, too. By Michael SebastianMay 18, 2011 SHARE Which one is correct? Home in. Hone means to sharpen; home refers to pinpointing a target. Here’s an example: “The missile homes in on its target.” To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.