Monday, June 20, 2016

Tracking Hate

And when a man is trying to change
But only causes further pain
You realize that all along
Something in us going wrong
You stop dancing
--The Who

Seems like the word 'hate' is on the rise, particularly in the context of people accusing others of some form of hatred. So I ngramed hate from 1800 to 2016 although the last year of the analysis stops at 2008 for some reason.

Sure enough. After marking all time lows in the 1980s, use of the word hate has escalated to all time highs. Would guess that since 2008, it has become even more popular.

When used to describe behavior or attitudes of others, hate is a form of judgment. Since my playground days as a juvenile, I have been uncomfortable rendering such judgment.

It is obvious, however, that many don't feel that way.

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