As in, I spent all night poring over those legal documents.

Or, do you use pore through?

Not to be confused with pour (some sugar).


This Google Ngram shows that poring through is highly uncommon, whilst poring over is common. I have never heard poring through before, only poring over. Technically, both are correct, but poring over is more common.

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    Wow, what a great resource. – B Seven Oct 28 '11 at 22:46
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    Ngram? I recently discovered it via this site, haha. Useful indeed. – user11550 Oct 29 '11 at 4:47
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    It needs to be used with caution. It is based only on printed books. As David Crystal writes here <david-crystal.blogspot.com/2010/12/on-culturomics.html>, 'We mustn't exaggerate the significance of this project. It is no more than a collection of scanned books - an impressive collection, unprecedented in its size, and capable of displaying innumerable interesting trends, but far away from entire cultural reality.' – Barrie England Oct 29 '11 at 6:04
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    @BarrieEngland This is true. Still useful though. – user11550 Oct 29 '11 at 6:38
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    @B Seven: N Gram – FumbleFingers Oct 29 '11 at 13:23

Never. Though I heard a colleague last week say, "I'll pore over those documents tonight." I'm fairly confident he meant snore in place of pore though.

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