Aggravate

Why bother about aggravate vs exasperate vs exacerbate?

For the first time in over 2 years my blog is being posted later in the day than usual – a busy week, notwithstanding increased discussion about blogs being “so yesterday’s medium.” As I evaluate and explore options for Writingessentialsbyellen.com and its blog, new posts continue on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with …

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When to use aggravate vs exasperate vs exacerbate?

Recently, I discovered Bad English by Ammon Shea. Shea is the author of Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, a book which details a year he spent reading the Oxford English Dictionary (or OED). In the chapter “Arguing Semantics” in Bad English, Shea brings up a ghost from my education and editing …

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