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  1. Henry Koster

    Paw Or Pour

    I am trying to establish the spelling of a certain phrase. I am reading a manuscript where the author has written, when speaking of researching something, "pouring through library books..." I am not sure but I feel (not having thought about it ever) that the author would be "pawing through..." After all, I believe the expression alludes to turning pages etc.

    Your insights will be appreciated.

    Thank you


  2. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: Paw Or Pour

    The verb you're looking for is "pore", meaning to study intensely or to ponder. It's usually used with "over": "poring over old manuscripts". But with a pile of books, "through" might be a bit more appropriate.

    If the original says "pour", that is a spelling error.

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