This particular word confusion, pore versus pour, makes me insane, and I most commonly see it confused when the author wants a character to be looking at something intently. The graphic image it always conjures up for me is wet. Really wet. I suppose it could be a dry pour, as in someone could pour sand or dirt over something, but I always imagine liquid.
I’ve experienced enough flooding whether it was in my books or my studio materials that I can imagine all too easily the loss and mess. All that water gushing over a book or pile of papers, it is simply depressing and such a job to dry out. So you can imagine how reading about someone pouring over a book takes me right out of the story.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive 2
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Minute opening in a surface, especially skin
[Archaic] Think intently, ponder
The act of pouring.
An abundant or continuous flow or stream:
A heavy fall of rain
Flow rapidly in a steady stream
Rain falls heavily
Serve a drink in this way
Donate something in large amounts
Express one’s feelings or thoughts in a full and unrestrained way
[Humorous] Dress oneself in a tight-fitting piece of clothing
Cold water will tighten the pores.
It was a pour of invective from the angry woman.
The rain poured down.
She poured out a cup of tea.
It’s pouring rain.
The letters poured in.
Janie poured out her hopes and fears.
Man, she must have poured herself into that dress!
|Adjective: porelike||Adjective: pourable
Noun: pourability, pourer
Verb, transitive: interpour
|History of the Word:|
|1 Late Middle English from the Old French, via Latin from the Greek poros meaning passage, pore.||Middle English of unknown origin.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?