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This isn't a homophone confusion, but your exasperating/exacerbating post made me thing of it. It is exasperating like crazy, and every time I hear it, my exasperation is exacerbated--especially because my husband actually thinks this commercial is using the word properly!!!!

The commercial, probably for an anti-pain/inflammation OTC--involves a young male athlete who is describing his experience when he injured himself playing whatever--hockey, perhaps, which is one of the sports we watch (along with soccer and football....forget the other stuff)--and he says: "The pain was insatiable!!" He'd never experienced anything like it before.

So I yell at the TV and say it's "excruciating" you idiot! Doesn't ANYone understand words these days? Didn't ANYone pick that up??" Then my adorable husband tells me insatiable makes perfect good sense. I explain that insatiable refers to an appetite of some kind that can't be satisfied. And his pain is excruciating, not insatiable. But my husband doesn't get it, for some odd reason. I gave up trying to provide clarity on that. But I can't help growling every frigging time that commercial comes on.

=sheila
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