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Which of the following sentences is correct?

1) Don't they bother you when they call you "midge"?

2) Don't they irritate you when they call you "midge"?

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

Also, are there other ways to express the above concept?

Thank you

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teal lime

1) Don't they bother you when they call you "midge"?

2) Don't they irritate you when they call you "midge"?

Both are correct, and they are very close in meaning. 'irritate' seems to be a stronger emotion than 'bother'.

teal limeother ways to express ...

Don't they annoy you when ...? is probably the closest equivalent.

Here's one with an idiom:

Don't they get on your nerves when ...?

CJ

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teal limeWhich of the following sentences is correct?

They are both fine, except I would say "it" instead of "they"—Doesn't it bother you when they call you "midge"?

teal limeIf both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

No. Look up the two words.

teal limeAlso, are there other ways to express the above concept?

The possibilities are to all intents and purposes infinite.

 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.