The word â€œhaterâ€ has been thrown at me a few times lately.
And to that I say: Oh, please.
These days, anyone who expresses disdain, dislike, or disapproval is labelled a hater. Offering criticism? You, sir, are a hater. Pointing out hypocrisy? Hater. Poking fun at someone or something? Hater, hater, hater!
My feelings aren’t hurt, I just donâ€™t like that the word hate has been so devalued.
Hate is a powerful word that should be reserved for serious things. Hate is rooted in a visceral response that often rises from prejudice or ignorance. Hate leads to ugly acts. A lynching? Thatâ€™s hate. Me saying I donâ€™t like someoneâ€™s ridiculous sports column? Thatâ€™s not hate.
Oh, and by the way a bit of advice: If you are an adult male, do not ever use the word hater, because if you do, you will sound like a teenage girl. And Iâ€™m sure you would hate that.