One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had a stiff neck and an aching back’
painful, achy, sore, stiff, hurt, tender, uncomfortable, troublesome
hurting, in pain, throbbing, pounding, twingeing
smarting, gnawing, burning, tingling, stinging, agonizing, searing, feeling tender, feeling uncomfortable, giving someone trouble
informal killing, playing someone up, giving someone gyp
2‘she's nursing an aching heart’
sorrowful, sad, mournful, miserable, upset, distressed, anguished, heavy with grief, grief-stricken, wretched, heavy
grieving, sorrowing, mourning, lamenting, in distress, in anguish, suffering, bleeding
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