Word on the Street

Hathos (hay’thos) noun. Feelings of intense pleasure derived from the act of hating a particular basketball player, team, etc.

Usage example:Players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Ron Artest fill me with a deep sense of hathos; I just love to hate them.

Word history: The word “hathos” is a combination of hate and pathos, as coined by journalist Alex Heard in his Washington Post article, “Beyond Hate: The Giddy Thrill of Hathos,” on May 17, 1987. There is no better word to describe how fans often feel during this Artestean age of ball-hoggery, egotism, and selfishness run amok.

It just feels so good to hate this guy.

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Labels: Ron Artest / Kobe Bryant / LeBron James / Word on the Street

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