What is the difference between Irritating and Annoying?

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  1. articlesocean profile image61
    articlesoceanposted 6 years ago

    What is the difference between Irritating and Annoying?

    Is there something or someone that irritates or annoys you ?


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  2. msorensson profile image71
    msorenssonposted 6 years ago

    Irritating is the effect of an object that causes a certain degree of discomfort..for example a tiny stone in your running shoe..or the dust or an eyelid irritating your eye..

    Annoying is a situation an act of a person that touches a nerve in you..like the little kids when they are impatient to reach a destination and ask "Are we there yet?" as in the little kid in The Mummy while talking to his captor inside the train..

    My definitions only..others may see them differently

  3. fpherj48 profile image77
    fpherj48posted 6 years ago

    The difference between your first boyfriend and your second boyfriend........before you found your Prince!

    1. msorensson profile image71
      msorenssonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I love your answer..hi hi..

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
      DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      LOL, fpherj48

    3. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Liked your answer smile

    4. teaches12345 profile image94
      teaches12345posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think many agree with your answer here, fpherj48. You have to kiss many frogs before the prince shows up.

  4. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years ago

    According to the dictionary, not much difference at all--they are listed as synonyms for each other...

    1. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for taking the time to search this up! smile

  5. Ciel Clark profile image80
    Ciel Clarkposted 6 years ago

    I liked DzyMsLizzy's answer-- I agree that they are synonyms, but they do have a slightly different meaning for me.  Irritating is something that makes me mad, annoying is something that makes me irritated.

    1. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hmm annoying and irritating are quite similar. Thanks for commenting smile

  6. katyzzz profile image59
    katyzzzposted 6 years ago

    People asking 'how are you' when they really don't want an answer, what's wrong with a simple Good Morning or Good Afternoon.

    1. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, I find that very annoying too! Thanks for answering my question!

  7. Brandon E Newman profile image68
    Brandon E Newmanposted 6 years ago

    There's no "irritating orange" on youtube. Irritating is like an itchy rash. annoying is simply irksome, or bothersome. A case of poison ivy would not annoy me, it would however irritate me. Bad singers are annoying. fingernails scraping across a chalkboard are irritating.

    1. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you, fingernails scraping across a chalkboard are irritating. the noise of the nails being scrapped on the chalkboard, just imagine! Do you find it irritating scrapped fingernails on Paper? It's horrible :\

    2. annart profile image87
      annartposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think you're right, Brandon E Newman, that irritating is to do with skin or the body and is persistent and annoying is a brain/opinion thing.

  8. TrahnTheMan profile image58
    TrahnTheManposted 6 years ago

    Good question. I'm not sure, and I find the fact that I can't identify that both irritating AND annoying.

    1. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, That's exactly with me.

  9. lav-senior profile image60
    lav-seniorposted 6 years ago

    Irritating - that person beside you on the bus who won't move in to give your right leg some chair room; after all, their handbag needs a spot on the seat.

    Annoying - getting all dressed up and ready to go out only to be texted 40 minutes before you're set to go and told, "really sorry, I don't feel well, mind if we skip it?" when you know the persons not sick.

    1. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The example you gave for annoying happens a lot with me, when I'm all set to leave home, something comes up and it has to be cancelled. Thanks for commenting smile

  10. annart profile image87
    annartposted 6 years ago

    For me, irritating is something which is a consistent or continuing annoyance, gradually niggling, little by little.
    Annoying is a thing or person who annoys by one particular action or for one particular reason - it just is annoying!  Does that make sense?!!

    1. articlesocean profile image61
      articlesoceanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah that's very true!

 
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