Revised as of 10 December 2017
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. Sob…poor me…*more sobbing ensues*…
…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; Dictionary.com: poor|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for the noun: poor
Verb, intransitive 2
Verb, intransitive & transitive
Lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society
[Law] Dependent upon charity or public support
Worse than is usual, expected, or desirable
[Predic.; poor in] Deficient or lacking in something specified
[Attrib.; of a person] Considered to be deserving of pity or sympathy
[Of a country, institution, etc.] Meagerly supplied or endowed with resources or funds
Characterized by or showing poverty
Deficient in desirable ingredients, qualities, or the like
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
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
There are actually people who are too poor to afford a telephone.
The gap between the rich and the poor has widened.
Breckenville is a poor area with run-down movie theaters and overcrowded schools.
Many people are eating a very poor diet.
What can I say? Her work was poor.
The water is poor in nutrients.
He is, in my poor opinion, a more handsome young man.
They inquired after poor Dorothy’s broken hip.
The region was poor in mineral deposits.
But will the tax bill help the poor?
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: poorer, poorest, quasi-poor
Adverb: poorly, quasi-poorly
Noun: nonpoor, poorness
|Adjective: porelike||Adjective: pourable
Noun: pourability, pourer
Verb, transitive: interpour
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old French poure, which is from the Latin pauper.||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?
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