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date: 24 January 2020

agony aunt 

A Dictionary of Journalism

Tony Harcup

A *columnist for a newspaper or magazine who invites readers to write in about personal problems, very often involving relationships or sex in one way or another, and who then dispenses advice in the column, creating a curious mix of prurience and public service. Agony aunts, and the occasional agony uncle, almost universally dislike the term as a description of someone who writes an advice column or problem page, but they seem to be stuck with it. ... ...

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