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    agony aunt

    Is there a name for AGONY AUNT when the person concerned is a male ?
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    Re: agony aunt

    Agony aunt actually sounds old-fashioned to me. The more modern term is "advice columnist".

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    Re: agony aunt

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    Agony aunt actually sounds old-fashioned to me. The more modern term is "advice columnist".
    Not in the vernacular, it isn't.

    It's like saying shrink for a psychiatrist.

    I don't know about a male adviser. I've rarely encountered one.

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    Re: agony aunt

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Not in the vernacular, it isn't.

    It's like saying shrink for a psychiatrist.

    I don't know about a male adviser. I've rarely encountered one.

    Rover
    I see your point.

    I guess if you want an informal, conversational term you could say "agony uncle" - it is used to some extent in both the US and Britain.

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    Re: agony aunt

    I had never heard the term before.

    It's like a "Dear Abby" columnist?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: agony aunt

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    I had never heard the term before.

    It's like a "Dear Abby" columnist?
    Yes, as far as I have heard it used.

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    Re: agony aunt

    Before I read this thread, if you had used "agony aunt" I would have thought you meant a family member it's agonizing to be around!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: agony aunt

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Before I read this thread, if you had used "agony aunt" I would have thought you meant a family member it's agonizing to be around!
    So would I. It's a term I've never heard in AmE.

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