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    Agony aunt<--Uncle?

    Agony aunt An agony aunt is a newspaper columnist who gives advice to people having problems, especially personal ones.
    Hello Teacher,

    In case that I clearly know the columnist is male, should I switch the idiom to " agony uncle" or " agony aunt" is suit for both male and female columnist"?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Agony aunt<--Uncle?

    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow402 View Post
    Hello Teacher,

    In case that I clearly know the columnist is male, should I switch the idiom to " agony uncle" or " agony aunt" is suit for both male and female columnist"?

    Thank you!
    Stick with "aunt" - it's the column which is an "Agony Aunt Column" rather than that the columnist has to be female to write it.

    Buggles(Not a teacher).

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    Re: Agony aunt<--Uncle?

    Agony aunt-Buggles, thank you!

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