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Can you tell me the difference between "annoying", "irritating" and "making mad"?


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These words are fairly similar to one another. The main difference is the severity of anger. "Annoying" means something or someone that makes you slightly angry or irritated. Ex: I get really annoyed when my boss calls me on my day off. Ex: He got a little annoyed with her showing up late. "Irritating" means to make someone angry or annoyed. Ex: She's pretty irritated with you right now. Ex: It's very irritating when someone interrupts you. "Making someone mad" means to anger someone or something intensely Ex: She makes me so mad! Ex: You are making me mad.

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