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Worrying is a large part of my life and has been since I was a little boy. Let me rephrase that. I was a short boy, but never a little boy. I was always on the pudgy side, but that’s not relevant here.

I don’t worry any less today.

What do I worry about? Anything and everything. There’s an endless stream of things to worry about.

This serves me well when coming to discuss the word agonize. As you can see, it provided me with three paragraphs prior to this one. Worrying is relevant to a discussion of the word agonize because to agonize means to worry to the extent of being overwrought. Ah, good times. Good times.

To agonize can also mean to expend a great deal of effort on something. For example, one might say, “He agonized over doing doing his taxes,” meaning that he put a great deal of strained effort into preparing his tax submission.

Then again, if he’s a tax cheat, but also a worrier, then he might agonize over his taxes in the other sense as well.

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