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Does it sound odd to you when people use phrases like "hate on" instead of "hate?"?

Asked by jca (28473 points ) November 20th, 2013

Sometimes I hear people say things like “why does he hate on me” instead of “why does he hate me?” Someone wrote a question on here, recently, using the same language.

I also hear people sometimes saying things like “yell on” instead of “yell at.” To me, this sounds weird. Why not just say “hate me” instead of “hate on?” Please help me see the light or correct me if I am wrong.

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funkdaddy's avatar

Someone can hate on you without hating you. They’re different.

If you’re “hating on” someone you might think of that as more like “picking on” someone or “giving them a bad time”.

Hating someone would imply you genuinely dislike them, hopefully with cause.

I’ve never heard “yell on”, so can’t help you there

Judi's avatar

I think this has come from hip hop. I have a feeling that it will probably be part of our language evolution.

Seek's avatar

I think it’s a Southern US thing. At least, that’s the only people I’ve heard it from.

‘love on’ means ‘to give affection’.

‘hate on’ means ‘make disparaging comments’.

I have no idea where ‘yell on’ comes from.

Seek's avatar

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Judi's avatar

@Seek, you’re probably right and my exposure to southern culture is pretty limited.

ucme's avatar

I come on her…no, wait!

Judi's avatar

Bad boy @ucme

ucme's avatar

I come on here because I like mucking about with yanks…that’s all I was going to say ;-}

ibstubro's avatar

No, it doesn’t sound odd to me, it sounds wonderful. The English language is still constantly evolving, and has a lot of room for improvement.

“Hate on” seems much more descriptive to me. More aggressive. More physical than emotional. More of a punch to the gut than a whine. If you ‘hate’ dogs, that’s your business. If you’re threatening to ‘hate on’ a stray dog, I’m calling animal control.

syz's avatar

It sounds somewhat ignorant to me.

cookieman's avatar

So, here in the lagoon, we could say we “lurve on” each other.

jca's avatar

I just saw something another Jelly used on another thread. She was talking about her ex husband and she said she felt like telling him “Quit bragging on yourself already.” To me, it would be “quit bragging ABOUT yourself already.” I wouldn’t “brag on” I would “brag about.” To me it just looks so colloquial and weird.

ibstubro's avatar

I thing ‘bragging on’ could be regional, @jca. Here in the Midwest we brag ON stuff. As in, “This sodie pop is really cold!” lol

KNOWITALL's avatar

The urban dictionary is a great place for thing’s you may not understand like that.

YOLO – you only live once, or “The dumbass’s excuse for something stupid that they did”

The American language is ever-evolving, we all need to keep up!

jca's avatar

@KNOWITALL: I do understand it and I listen to hip hop on a regular basis. I know the language evolves and it can be a good thing. I just think it sounds stupid.

josie's avatar

I think it brands the speaker as a moron.

But as stated above, there is a subtle difference between hate, and hate on.

morphail's avatar

The OED dates “have a hate on” to 1941, in a dictionary of Australian slang.

Kardamom's avatar

Yes, it sounds like the verbal equivalent of txtspk.

ibstubro's avatar

No, it’s an expansion on hate. More forceful.

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