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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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In her collection, The Best of Dear Abby (1989), she comes across as smart but not kind.
The only problem is that Dear Abby's daughter isn't Dear Abby.
At the Sun-Times, Dear Abby joins Cheryl Lavin, a longtime writer for the Tribune whose advice column is now distributed by Creators Syndicate.
Ruth, Miss Manners, Ann Landers and Dear Abby, even Dr.
Editor Andrew Carroll began collecting the letters through an appeal by his nonprofit Legacy Project issued through Dear Abby in 1998.
Rarely a month goes by without a letter to Dear Abby or Ann Landers from a young mother, who suffered incest by her father, asking how to prevent it from happening between him and her children.
Self-described as a "short, fast-talking comedienne with dimples, who imitates Keith Richards to avoid looking like Sally Field," Paglia dispenses her wisdom like Dear Abby on speed.
The Chronicle's must-read editorial page features intellectual heavy-weights like Dear Abby.
Conversations in each city are fueled by a mixture of national, regional and local journalists, including: John Stossel, Chuck Norris, Pat Buchanan and Margo Howard, niece of beloved advice columnist Dear Abby.
Comics, puzzles, horoscopes and Dear Abby remain in the Classifieds.
Thanks to her long-running column for Acoustic Guitar magazine, she has become "sort of the Dear Abby of acoustic guitars.
history; American business leader Ross Perot; actor/activist Kevin Bacon; His Excellency Samir Shakir al-Sumaydi, Ambassador from Iraq; and Jeanne Phillips, the columnist Dear Abby.