Pore vs. Pour

The verbs "pore" and "pour" are easy to confuse. I should know. I used the latter instead of the former in the draft of one of my dissertation chapters, much to the amusement of my major professor and much to my chagrin.

"Pore" means to study intently.
Example: She pored over the draft of her dissertation chapter before she submitted it but still managed to miss a blooper.

"Pour," on the other hand, means to flow continuously or cause to flow continuously.
Examples: The rain poured down on the players. She poured tea for her guests.

Tip: If you pour over a dissertation chapter, you'll only get it wet!

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