Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Aggravate vs. Irritate

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

This Tuesday kicks off another series of writing tips. Today, I am starting with Chapter Four from The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. Chapter four is titled, Words and Expressions Commonly Misused.

Aggravate vs. Irritate

The first means to “add to” an already troublesome or vexing matter or condition. The second means “to vex” or “to annoy” or “to chafe.”

It seemed logical to write a haiku using aggravate or irritate, but I wasn’t feeling it. So…

sun haiku

image credit: timpyles.com


Today’s Haiku

warmth drops an anchor
sunshine creeps from behind clouds
and drowns winter


Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!



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