One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Something disagreeable to the ear; a very unpleasant noise.
Having sore or deafened ears. Formerly also: deafening, cacophonous.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Carew (1555–1620), antiquary and poet. From ear + sore, probably after eyesore<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Allen's Indian Mail. From ear + sore.
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