20/Aug/2006 – Aggravate vs. Irritate   6 comments

I felt lke passing along some tips that I discovered. I’ll add another entry every day or two.

I hope these will improve my writing.

Words and Expressions Commonly Misused

Aggravate. Irritate.


To make worse, more serious, or more severe; to intensify unpleasantly.

The situation was aggravated by the neglect of those watching.


To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure in; to annoy

Her brother’s constant teasing irritated her.

Example of incorrect usage:

“Are you trying to aggravate me with that racket?”
Use irritate instead.


Posted Sunday, August 20, 2006 by Grant in Random

6 responses to “20/Aug/2006 – Aggravate vs. Irritate

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  1. never had a problem with words but thanks for clearing this out..=)

  2. I’ll try not to irritate you by making that annoying squaking sound so many people lable as aggravating!

    "Єpiѕtling ŊutΩpian"
  3. Oooh I love words, love to play with words to the point of iritatiing someone I love so dearly; that it further aggravates the already ‘chaotic’ relationship between us 😉

  4. Nice examples… who has more?

  5. more? nope.. too much wine.

  6. Thanks for the English refresher. I can’t wait to see what you put next. I love this stuff, it does not irritate nor does it aggravate me…lol!

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