False Friend of the Week – Nov. 21

During 2016 we present one false friend each week.

irritieren (verwirren) (DE) = to confuse (EN)

irritate (EN) = (ver)ärgern (DE)
English synonyms for irritate = to upset, anger, annoy

Examples – to confuse:  Sorry, I’m a little confused. What exactly would you like me to do? (We’ve used the adjective form of the word here, which is more commonly used than the verb.)

Examples – to irritate: He irritated the other meeting participants by constantly checking his cell phone while other people were speaking.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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