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For decades now, real estate agents have been calling houses “homes”.  Presumably, they believe that customers would prefer to buy a home over a mere house.  A home, after all, is where somebody lives, whereas a house is just a building.  I’ve always thought that was absurd, but it’s none of my business.

Today a headline from TV station WRIC in Richmond, Virginia, caught my eye:

Neighbors fed up with abandoned home, want answers from City of Richmond

(Warning:  clicking on the link above will open a page that very rudely plays a video without asking your permission.)

Now, if a home is where somebody lives, how can an abandoned house be a home?  This is just a building!