There is a myriad of words in the English language to choose from that will accurately portray feelings. We must go gently into that good thesaurus to succinctly define our emotions. Words can embody beauty and timelessness, but words can also be weapons. Words can sting and they can leave scars if not used properly.
The word “hate” is a word I try to use as little as possible. There are very few things in this world I can honestly say I hate. There are many things I dislike, even dislike intensely, but hate is such an absolute word and it delivers a large impact for such a small word. If I am vehemently against something, I will do my utmost to modify my language before I allow that powerful four letter word to escape my lips. The word hate, to me, is like nails on a chalkboard.
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Feeling an extreme aversion to something is a normal human experience. I have an immense distaste for liver and onions, but I have found many other ways to discuss my negative feelings about the memories of those dinners served long ago rather than use the word hate.
I hear the word hate tossed around so casually and wonder if the people using that figure of speech understand how harsh a word it truly is. I’m sure if I looked through a magic crystal ball, I would see myself in public school using the word hate several times, not truly comprehending the consequence of using such a powerful expression. Hate conjures feelings of bitterness and rage in the person using it and elicits sadness and depression in the person receiving it.
Hate is like a virus that slowly spreads through us and pollutes our emotions. I have the misfortune of feeling that hatred for one person that has affected my life, or more so the life of my brother. It was twenty-two years ago and that horrible emotion still bubbles to the surface when I think of her. That one person made me realize the overwhelming feeling associated with that tiny word and she is the only person that embodies the emotion associated with the intense dislike it defines.
Words can be beautiful, but words can also be ammunition. If misused, those words can cause a great deal of pain and affect people long after those idioms have been uttered. Each of us has the power to keep our weapon of language holstered – choose your words wisely.