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Is it Possible Really to Buy or Sell a "Home?"
Can you really buy or sell a home? Neither this world nor any of its place is an "environment."  And a house for sale is not a "home."  Wendell Berry. p.19  of "The Mad farmer Poems"    I have been thinking about how we use the words home and house.

First, some ways we use "home" that are nonsense with "house."    We can "go home" but we don't "go house."   We can feel "at home"  but we don't "feel at house." We refer to "home baked foods" but not "house baked  goods."   We "write home" about our vacationing but we never "write house" about our vacation.
Some ways in which we use  house that are nonsensical with home. We go to church in a "house of  worship.   We have a "House of representatives" and a "house of ill repute." We have a "vaudeville house," a "publishing house" and we "house" students in a dormitory. These different uses of "home" and "house" reveal that "home" is used to depict an intimate place, a place that emotionally tugs at our hearts.  A home is a place you would expect the family to have emotional attachment because of intimate ... more

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