One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘these kinds of questions tend to engage the other party, whereas assertions can put their backs up’
annoy, irritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles
enrage, infuriate, madden, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provoke
informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, drive crazy, drive mad, drive round the bend, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red
British informal wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel
vulgar slang piss off
British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
dated, informal give someone the pip, get someone's dander up
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
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