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Aggravate & Irritate
Can be used interchangeably 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
Mean different things 95%  95%  [ 18 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:41 pm 
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I do not believe these words are interchangeable; i.e.

Aggravate: To make worse

Irritate: To make annoyed or angry


Oxford English Dictionary wrote:
Aggravate in the sense ‘annoy or exasperate’ is in widespread use in modern English and dates back to the 17th century, but the use is still regarded as incorrect by some traditionalists.
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I am one of those traditionalists.

Who agrees/disagrees?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:22 pm 
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Well to not irritate you and possibly aggravate the resentment others here have about this sub forum . . . . .

I'll agree with you :twisted:

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It's irritating to be aggravated.

Two words, different meanings, IMO.



I'm having a similar argument at the moment, with reference to 'infer' and 'imply.' I believe they're interchangeable in certain circumstances?

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What an irritating poll, it was a forgone conclusion that "different" would win by a landslide.

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luddite wrote:
What an irritating poll, it was a forgone conclusion that "different" would win by a landslide.


Oh believe me it wasn't. I've heard many many people who should know better using phrases like he really aggravates me.


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English is a living language: he really aggravates me … exemplifies a change in the usage of aggravate.

So in many cases aggravate and irritate are interchangeable.


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1. to aggravate is to make something worse, while to exacerbate is to increase something's bitterness or harshness
2. aggravate means 'to add to' an already troublesome or vexing matter or condition while irritate means 'to vex, annoy, or chafe'
3. irritate means 'inflame' (originally 'excite, rouse'); aggravate means 'worsen'

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To aggrivate is too make worse.
To Irritate is to Annoy.

But with the shortening of the English language ( 20 years ago people used about 200 words regularly.)
These daze it has dropped by about 15%.

Real words are being replaced by slang words that change meaning or have many. eg; Rad: Radical, Gnarley, a dose of Radiation. Good! etc etc.

In 100 years we will have about 10. Over-it , Rad, lite etc etc ?

( I place a space after a word before a ? mark because I think it is more Asthm,,errr :oops: anesthiticall OH, Duhh! .. Better looking !

Sometimes I forget to close brackets, see above, thats just my Mad-cow Syndicit...o duhhh !

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