Comment by Fearchar I MacIllFhinnein on April 2, 2013 at 3:52am
In the UK, "hate" is rarely used for a dislike, such as of food or a kind of music: like the use of "恨", that would be regarded as too extreme. Instead, we use "don't like" or, slightly more formally, "dislike". The use of "hate", like the use of "love", is largely a practice in US English, which to other English users seems to lack nuance and precision in such expressions. The use of "hate" in the way suggested can be heard from children or young teenagers, but not from adults (outside the USA - I suspect that Canada is usually more standard in this respect, but perhaps someone better informed could comment).

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Comment by Thomas Doherty on April 2, 2013 at 10:00am

Adults in the much of the USA refer to their mother's sister as an insect, an "ant".  They are told repeatedly that they are wrong in doing this but they stubbornly insist.  They even have forced Dictionary publishers to say that it is an alternate pronunciation for fear no sales in those areas.  You can show them the words "caution, auction, caulk", etc but it is a waste of time.  They will rant about "US exceptionalism", etc.  But like many things about southern and interior parts of the USA, there is a pride and stubbornness even when they know the entire English speaking world laughs at them including most of the Northeast USA, Canada and many in the USA large cities.  The use of "hate" instead of "like" is another USA speech problem which has a better chance of being solved someday soon than the "aunt vs ant" problem. 


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