On the way to the gym this morning, I found an index card on the sidewalk. One one side, the definition “to annoy; to pester; to puzzle”; on the other side, the word “vex.”
Which reminds me of a joke. I didn’t make this one up, so I don’t deserve the credit or (more likely) the blame.
Mahatma Gandhi, as we all know, was a very devout and religious man. He often fasted, which made him very frail. He walked everywhere, usually on bare feet, and as a result was very calloused. And when he did eat, his diet was very unusual, which tended to give him bad breath.
So you could say that he was a super-fragile calloused mystic vexed by halitosis.
(Don’t get it? Read the last line aloud to yourself several times.)