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What is the difference between "troublesome" and "annoying", especially when used to describe a person?

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How do you understand the terms, from what you have learnt? – Kris Mar 26 '13 at 6:27
I see that my question is downvoted. Please tell me how I can improve it. Yesterday, I googled and found that these words are listed as synonyms of each other. I couldn't find a webpage that explained the difference, so I decided to ask here. Is this kind of questions not welcomed? – netvope Mar 26 '13 at 19:33
@netvope: You haven't told us what you do know about the words. So, we are left to start from "square one". I would suggest that a question like this include definitions from a dictionary, as well as a few comments about why you're asking or why you're confused. It's not that these kinds of questions are not welcomed, it's that these kinds of questions should more closely follow a format such as is seen here. – J.R. Apr 16 '13 at 8:44

To call someone troublesome could be a neutral observation, perhaps the person is not bothering you yourself but maybe just generates trouble for someone else or himself

A troublesome youth

for example, someone hanging about and getting into trouble

He is so annoying

this person's activities actively irritates you.

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Wait. Whatever happened to the dictionaries? – Kris Mar 26 '13 at 6:25
When i looked they more or less showed the words as synonyms – mplungjan Mar 26 '13 at 6:26
It's for the OP to do that, really. – Kris Mar 26 '13 at 6:27
Sure, but if the difference is not obvious from the dictionaries, we can help, nop? – mplungjan Mar 26 '13 at 8:58

A troublesome person actually causes trouble which is perceivable and perhaps even tangible and measurable. An annoying person irritates you and changes your mood. The difference between the two is in the nature of the outcome.

A troublesome person may cause annoyance but an annoying one need not necessarily cause trouble.

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Is that not more or less exactly what I said? – mplungjan Mar 26 '13 at 8:59
@mplungjan I guess it is but I don't think "troublesome" is a neutral observation. I amended my answer slightly. – moonstar2001 Mar 26 '13 at 9:47
I said "could be" neutral as opposed to actively irritating – mplungjan Mar 26 '13 at 10:20

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