Word of the Day: Peruse

By Daniel Scocco

Peruse means to read or examine something with great care, checking all the details. Many people believe that peruse means to glance over something, but this is clearly not the case.

I.R.S. policies are not always so clear, so caution is advised. In cases where cooperative buildings have commercial space, a prospective buyer should be sure to peruse the annual statement by the association’s accountant just to make sure the building is in compliance with 80-20 guidelines. (NY Times)

As many as 10,000 people now crowd downtown’s streets one Thursday a month, according to some estimates. Many come to peruse the galleries, but others come to visit the area’s bars, restaurants and many of the sidewalk vendors who also migrate to the area for the monthly event. (LA Times)

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2 Responses to “Word of the Day: Peruse”

  • Brad K.

    I see that peruse is related to perfect; both utilize the Latin “per” for thoroughly. Peruse is “thoroughly; to use”, perfect is “thoroughly; to do” or completely done; complete.

    Thanks!

  • Eric C

    I just used this word today. I love it.

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