Buggering up the English language, Part Umpteenth…

Have you noticed how everyone HATES everything? Well, maybe not everyone, but enough to form a clear pattern, that’s for sure. Yet – why hate?

As a negative emotion, hatred is as extreme as it gets. It’s the emotion that sees people murdered for being the wrong colour, or religion; or for being the right religion and making the wrong choices.

Or hated for being David Cameron.

The thing is, though, it’s not hatred most of the time, for most people. It’s intellectual laziness – CBA thinking of the appropriate word – or the mark of a wholly inadequate vocabulary. Bugger it, let’s just hate everyone and everything!

But here’s the thing – you cannot simply use hate for every shade of dislike that there is. Hate is the bullet-in-the-ear-in-a-dark-alley emotion, and it’s just too extreme for such offhand, everyday, use.

What’s wrong with:-

Don’t like

Dislike

Loathe

Detest

Can’t stand

Abhor

Only when all else fails, when the extreme of emotion spills over into the potential for violence, do you actually need HATE!

And yet the dim-bulbs at Microsoft, in the Word thesaurus, offer hate as a synonym for dislike. Not, it’s fucking not, you sub-literate colonial cretins! Hatred is way beyond simple dislike.

NB: The Oxford Dictionary of English describes hate a “intense dislike”.

So look, in the normal run of social intercourse, as an adult you may feel actual hatred only a handful of times in a lifetime (or whenever you see David Cameron). More than that and you’re probably BNP or EDL material.

For emotionally-stable adults, true hatred is a rare experience, and by casually bandying it around, to the neglect of other, more appropriate, words, you run the risk of sounding seriously nuts, or at best childishly petulant. And don’t you just fuckin’ hate that?

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