Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

626 - ‘Aggravate’ Versus ‘Irritate’ What Is a Functional Shift?

June 21, 2018

Some people say you shouldn't use "aggravate" to mean "irritate" or "annoy." It has to do with the word's origin. Also, does it irritate you when people use "invite" as a noun? FOLLOW GRAMMAR GIRL Twitter: Facebook: Pinterest: Instagram: LinkedIn: SPONSORS (offer code GRAMMAR) GRAMMAR POP iOS GAME Optimized for iPad: For iPad and iPhone: GRAMMAR GIRL BOOKS neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.