A reader writes:
What the hell does hathetic mean? If you do a Google search for the word, it just comes back with your blog. I thought it was a typo the first time, but then you used it again. Please post a definition!
Hathos, a noun. Hathetic, an adjective. Coined by Alex Heard. Meaning: something so unpleasant you can't help but be riveted by it. As in Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly, Hugh Hewitt and the smell of one's own farts.
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