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!