To hate on
Posted: 07 March 2011 03:22 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This verb phrase (basically meaning to hate or to express hatred), I associate with hip-hop and R&B of the late 1990s and onwards. The earliest use I am aware of it in Hatin’ Nation by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1997).

(An earlier phrase “to playa-hate on” is known from the early nineties, and I believe that this came after the noun “playa-hater”.)

Is there evidence this phrase had a life in the wild before being used in rap, or does it seem it was invented by rappers?

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Posted: 07 March 2011 03:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The phrase get your ____ on is a snowclone. Get your groove on may be the original. (Just a guess. I haven’t researched it.)

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Posted: 07 March 2011 02:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I seriously doubt that has anything to do with “hate on,” which is transitive and (my guess) may be modeled on phrases like “dump on.”

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Posted: 07 March 2011 03:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Mmm, but I’ve never heard “get your hate on”. This is just “to hate on”, as in “Why are you hating on me?”. 

What LH said.

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Posted: 07 March 2011 04:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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FWIW, in the places that I hang out, “hating on” isn’t the same as “hating.” Any sort of negative statement can be called “hating on.”

“Your car sucks.”

“Don’t be hating on my ride, dude.”

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