[LMB] OT: More words that I HATE!!

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Wed Sep 23 16:09:31 BST 2020


On Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:10:52 -0400, Katherine Collett
<kcollett at hamilton.edu> wrote:

>On Sep 21, 2020, at 1:59 PM, Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:
>>
>> A similar phrase that isn't actually wrong, but sort of bugs me is "I spent all night peering over the books."
>>
>> "Peering" works to describe looking at hard to read books. But I'd like "poring" better.
>
>Well, you could be peering _at_ the books -- but peering _over_ the books implies that you're actually looking at ... the cat? the assassin advancing through the door? your spouse interrupting your reading?  _something_ other than the books, anyway.

Snooping in the library.  Possibly lurking, with a candlestick.
--
Those whom fortune has never favoured are more joyful than those whom she has deserted.
 - Lucius Annaeus Seneca



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