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Is there any difference in meaning between using [苛々 ]{いらいら} or [刺々 ]{いらいら} to indicate annoyance?

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Almost nothing but the latter possibly reminds readers of the real 刺【とげ】 "thorn", or another reading of the kanji: 刺々【とげとげ】 "barbed".

Although いらいら came from an old word いら that means "thorn", it's almost always written as 苛々 when merely means "annoyed; irritated". (But maybe more prevalent in katakana イライラ nowadays.)

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刺々 is read とげとげ and 苛々 and 刺々 are usually written in hiragana or katakana.

いらいら means "disconcertedness, stew,and distraction etc" and it shows a one's emotion like so, for example, 私は、彼の無礼な態度にイライラした(I was stabby for his rude attitude.)

とげ means spine and とげとげ means "acridly", for example, 彼の態度はトゲトゲしている(His attitude is acrid).

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