Pour over is only good for coffee

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’ve probably pored over more than a few emails, documents and social media posts looking for misuse of words, spelling errors, punctuation mistakes and much more. Perhaps you have your editing hat on now, studying this text to see if you can spot any errors.

So have you?

Quite possibly you have, in which case, our bad 😬 But if you were giving “pored over” a second look, you can rest easy. It’s not a typo: One meaning of the word “pore” is to study intently. Hence, the phrase is pore over, not “pour over.”

A screenshot of a message from Stylebot on Slack that reads: The phrase is "pore over," not "pour over": "He was still poring over his textbook as the teacher was handing out exams." While it seems intuitive to adapt the word "pour" to this phrase, one of the meanings of "pore" is to study intently.

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