Write It Right: Aggravate for Irritate

“Aggravate for Irritate. ‘He aggravated me by his insolence.’ To aggravate is to augment the disagreeableness of something already disagreeable, or the badness of something bad. But a person cannot be aggravated. Even if disagreeable or bad. Women are singularly prone to misuse of this word.”

Excerpted from: Bierce, Ambrose. Write it Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2010.

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