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A.Word.A.Day--agita

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agita (AJ-i-tuh) noun

1. Heartburn; acid indigestion.

2. Anxiety.

[Americanism, from Italian agitare (to agitate), from Latin agitare (agitate).]

"The idea of having only one key standing between me and a totally moribund Camaro gives me agita, however. A second key is clearly advisable. Like all great business executives, I delegate the problem to my chief operating officer in these matters, my wife - who is, as you may guess, a woman." Stanley Bing, Bing! It's a !@#$% Man's World, Fortune (New York), Oct 14, 2002.

"Ms. Falco and Mr. Tucci bring a more earthy, New York agita to the roles. After growing up in the New York suburbs -- she on Long Island, he in Westchester County -- the two have made careers playing incomplete, angular characters." John Leland, Haltingly, Layers Of Clothing Fall Away, The New York Times, Aug 4, 2002.

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