Agony Aunt

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Agony Aunt

A general term for an advice columnist for a periodical or media program. "Agony” refers to personal problems and "aunt” refers to a trusted person who offers comfort and advice.
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That's why we have funded this new guide, which includes 10 top tips from agony aunt Denise Robertson, to give grandparents the information and advice they need to help support their families.
"She wrote short stories for the Sunday Mail and the editor loved her work so much, he asked her to be the agony aunt."
Agony Aunt is a newspaper columnist who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write in advice column.
Irma Kurtz, agony aunt with Cosmopolitan for 34 years, happily admits that she takes another approach to problems.
I had just written my first novel which won a literary award, and I got a job as BBC Breakfast Time's first agony aunt. I really needed the money."
In reply the agony aunt - one of the most experienced and respected in the game - advocated a technique she insisted was widespread within the profession.
English Radio station LBC is hiring Anne as an agony aunt because she spent many years in political life where she had to deal with various issues and problems.
but went on to become one of the nation's most well-know agony aunts
INSPIRATION: Isabel Wolff (left) researched agony aunts and looked to Virginia Ironside (above) and Irma Kurtz (below) for inspiration for her latest novel Rescuing Rose; ACCLAIMED: The new book from Isabel Wolff
Byline: SUZIE HAYMAN Author, agony aunt and Relate-trained counsellor
One agony aunt pointed to the pain he felt over losing his children and cautioned us not to think of what he did as an act of aggression.
Women and men would write in about problems; Agony Aunts as well as Agony Uncles would reply to the specific person and include advice to the "other party" in the agony relationship.