Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ohh Fruitcake. My Favorite.

I nominate the following as Best Replacement for Dogs Barking Jingle Bells

Andrew Sullivan defines hathos as the attraction to something you really can't stand; it's the compulsion of revulsion.

The Word Spy definition: Feelings of pleasure derived from hating someone or something. (First Use credit given to Alex Heard, "Beyond Hate: The Giddy Thrill of Hathos," The Washington Post, May 17, 1987.)

Sullivan has gone on to provide several seasonal examples on his blog: a series of Christmas Hathos Nominees.

A painful sampling (including the two above):

1 comment:

  1. The term hathos is like an early Christmas present. I will force this word into every class I teach for the rest of time.


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