pour a cup of coffee, and pore over this post
I received a glossy full-color advertisement in the mail a couple of days ago proclaiming something to the effect that “our researchers have poured over millions of pages to bring you this incredible find.”
Really? What did they pour over the pages? Maple syrup, maybe, or transmission fluid, or shampoo?
The researchers didn’t pour: They pored. But wait, you say. A pore is a little bitty hole in something, like the pores in your skin that pour out sweat when you play tennis. Surely the researchers weren’t poking holes in their books, so that can’t be right.
Yes, it is. The verb form of pore means “to scrutinize,” or “to read or study intently.” It’s always used with the word over. So:
“Pinky poured fuel oil and fertilizer into the giant bomb while the Brain pored over the final adjustments to the timing mechanism.”
“As Scarlett poured herself into her red dress and Rhett poured champagne, they silently pored over their very different visions of the future.”