December 5: agony

December 5, 2018 =========

☆  agony  激しい苦痛


Agony is great physical or mental pain. For example, if a relationship ends you might feel agony, which would be mental or emotional pain. In other words, it doesn’t have to be actual physical pain, it might be the agony of heartache that you feel.

In Japanese magazines or newspapers (or even the internet) do you have “Advice columns” where you write in about your problem and ask for advice? What is the person who writes the replies called? In England and Australia, the person who writes the response is called an “Agony Aunt.” An agony aunt is like an aunt or old friend who cares about you and your pain, and wants to solve your problem. In America, the person who writes the replies is just called an “advice columnist” … a little boring! I prefer the term agony aunt!