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9 out of 10 people misuse the words 'house' and 'home'

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While listening to people talk, one can't help from noticing that nine out of ten people say "home" when they should say "house," and they say "house" when they should say "home."

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So, what is the difference? While the words "house" and "home" are closely akin, there is a big difference between the two.

A house is a building or a dwelling ranging from huts of nomadic tribes to complex structures composed of many rooms.

The social unit that lives in a house is known as a household. Most commonly, a household is a family unit of some kind. A household is the group living under the same roof whether the people are related or not.

A home is also a dwelling, but there it has a deeper meaning than a house.

It is safe to say a house is a structure that is built by hands, whereby a home is a relationship built by hearts.

  • When referring to the building, the word to use is house.
  • When referring to the relationship of the people in the unit, the word to use is home.

A house is a structure made of brick and mortar. A home is the bonding effect within the house.

Often people say, "I'm buying a home" when they should say, "I'm buying a house." Then after the house is bought, a home can be established with mutual respect from those who live within the house. There is safety, love, protection and peace in a home. However, those things are missing in a mere house.

There are some popular sayings about "home." Some of those sayings include:

  • "A man's home is his castle."
  • There is no place like home."
  • "Home Sweet Home"
  • "Make yourself at home."
  • "You can never go home again."
  • "Home is where the heart is."

Robert Frost said it best in his poem, "The Death of the Hired Man" when he said, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." The hired hand was not part of the family but when he was ready to die, he went back to the place where he knew he was loved.

A house is not a home without love, peace, harmony, mutual respect and understanding.

Surely a house can become a home, but it is not automatic. Everyone living in the house must work toward making it a home. You live in a house, but you love in a home.

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