Edit This Grammar Lesson: Pour, Pore, Poor
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson, where we'll be talking about the difference between Pour, Pore, and Poor. These are perfect examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.
If you keep up with trending topics, you might remember pour and pore in the news recently when President Donald Trump was mocked for a typo-tainted tweet.
Have you made the same mistake? Don't worry; we're here to clear up the confusion.
Pour means something (usually liquid) flowing in a steady stream.
* Let me pour you a cup of coffee.
* It's pouring outside.
* LeBron James poured in 47 points tonight.
When we write pore, we mean those small openings on our skin. It also refers to the act of carefully or closely looking over something. This is where knowing the difference between pore and pour is essential.
* I pore over my blogs looking for mistakes.
* Why are my pores so darn huge?
* Steve was exhausted after poring through countless pages of content.
Poor means a severe lack of money. It also refers to a bad quality of work.
* That family is too poor to buy school supplies.
* That was a poor attempt at a joke.
* His handwriting is very poor.
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